The People’s Park of Davao City mirrors the rich culture of the city, and the lifestyles of the Davaoeños. It has become a popular destination among locals and visitors, and is always packed with people from all walks of life and ages. A handful of foreign tourists can be seen strolling along the park. Many buses full of visitors coming from the nearby and far-flung provinces regularly line-up the streets of Jose Camus and J. Palma Gil to see and experience the park. Filipino songs are played through the Park’s piped-in music. Caregivers and wheelchairs are available for the disabled. Several CCTVs are installed strategically through out the Park to ensure the safety and security of the visiting guests. Best of all, the entrance is FREE!
The Durian Dome serves as the visitor’s center and main entrance which opens to the park. This spiky dome roof was artistically designed after the spiky shell of the durian, a tropical fruit which Davao City is known for.
At the center of the oval track is a wide grassy area with a dancing fountain which is considered the first in Mindanao, and a long, wide bridge which affords a panoramic view of the entire park. Also, there is a sloping hill filled with tall, stately pine trees that were brought-in from Baguioand Benguet in Luzon. Behind this area is the park’s man-made “rainforest” that stretches all the way to the opposite side of the park close to the exit gate.
There are many beautifully handcrafted concrete artworks and figures representing the Lumads, the indigenous people or tribe of Davao. The artworks were done by artist Kublai Millan, a well-known and prolific Davao sculptor who created the Freedom statue in front of the Sangguniang Panlungsod building.