A visit to the newly renovated Osmeña Park
Osmeña Park is a small park located adjacent to the Sangguniang Panglungsod Building bounded by Magallanes, CM Recto and San Pedro Streets.
The area was once the site of the original Christian settlement founded after Don Jose Uyanguren's conquest of Davao in 1848. The park is wedged between the oldest streets of the city, Claveria (now C.M. Recto) and San Pedro
Recently the City Government was concerned about the deteriorating conditions of the park. At night the unlighted area became the haven of indecent activities and some mendicants had taken residence inside the park. In some portions of the park, vendors have taken over by putting up food stalls which have become an eyesore.
Last summer the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) poured in half- a million pesos to renovate the park that meant putting up lighting facilities, landscaping, fencing and rehabilitating the park's comfort rooms.
Last September 15, the newly renovated park was blessed with attendance of city government officials. A week after, I tried to visit the park and see the changes brought about by the renovation.
|The park underwent relandscaping|
|It is a shady oasis in the middle of a busy city.|
|Senior citizen's garden|
|among the plants at the park.|
|The park is now gated which prevents mendicants from taking residence in the park. The park is closed at night.|
|The chess club area was moved to a new nook inside the park|
|The comfort rooms inside the park were also rehabilitated.|
|Another attraction just across the park's Magallanes gate is Museo Dabawenyo (Davao City Museum)|