Doña Vicenta Park now open

Photo credit to Davao CIO
Photo credit to Davao CIO

THE Davao City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) on Wednesday, August 2, opened the New Doña Vicenta Park in Doña Vicenta Village, Barangay 9-A, to the public on Wednesday, August 2.

The P76-million Doña Vicenta Park spans 1.2 hectares and is the 26th public park in the city. It features a 200-meter skywalk, an amphitheater, solar-powered lamp posts, a koi pond, a stage, and a library.

Cenro Head Engr. Marivic Reyes asked the public to take care of the park and its amenities. She said Cenro and other stakeholders are still developing park rules to determine activities that will be allowed or prohibited.

A total of 30 Cenro personnel will be assigned for the parku0019s upkeep and maintenance, which Reyes said will probably follow the usual open hours of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. She added that 24-hour security will also be present.

Vicetacion Bernardino Andal, a resident of Doña Vicenta Village, said she was grateful for the new open space where she and her grandchildren can take a stroll and do exercises. She said having been residing in the village for decades, her wish for a park in the community was finally granted.

u001cNalipay ko kay naa na koy kasuroy-suroyan, pareha nako karon nga senior citizen u0018nya naa pa gyud koy gibati, u0018nya asa ko magsuroy-suroy. Pasalamat gyud ko nga naa ning Doña Vicenta Park (Iu0019m happy there is now a place I can stroll around, for someone like me who is a senior citizen with an ailment, there arenu0019t many places for me to roam around. I am very thankful that we now have this Doña Vicenta Park,u001d Andal said.

Andal also thanked the local government for preserving the old Acacia trees in the area, which provide shade.

Meanwhile, Mayor Sebastian Duterte, in his speech, said more green spaces are needed in Davao City as its population continues to grow and congest, causing stress build-up. He said the new park will provide a place to unwind and decompress, hopefully promoting mental wellness among the population.

The mayor also thanked partners and stakeholders who shared the same vision of a greener Davao City.

Three more public parks are expected to open this year.

Wednesdayu0019s opening was also attended by city councilors and officials, Barangay functionaries, Doña Vicenta Village Homeownersu0019 Association officials, and the visiting public. CIO

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