People’s Park, Davao

Entrance going inside the National Museum

Entrance going inside the National Museum

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!

Front View of the Durian Dome

Front View of the Durian Dome

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.

The Promenade

The Promenade

The oval race track from the old sports complex was retained and permanently paved with bricks and is now called, ‘The Promenade,’ since the track is a favorite venue among joggers and health buffs for morning physical fitness and therapeutic exercises. Joggers can now jog around the oval amid the beautifully landscaped lush greenery and quiet ambiance of the park. Surrounding it are: a bambusetum, a collection of the different species of bamboo; a shady plaza where African tulips are planted within the 3,750 square meter-area; and an open plaza with a walk-through rainbow drive featuring some collections of potted palms.

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.

Sculpture of the Lumads of Davao

Sculpture of the Lumads of Davao

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.

Sculpture of the Philippine Eagle

Sculpture of the Philippine Eagle

The Dancing Fountain

The Dancing Fountain

Upper view Dancing Fountain

Upper view Dancing Fountain

Water Falls

Water Falls

Part of the forested area of the Park is a 10-meter man-made waterfalls against a backdrop of a volcanic rock wall. The water flows from the fall to a river that seeps into man-made lakes under the tall forest trees.
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Visit, Enjoy and Know the Culture of the Davaoeños in People’s Park !
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