Tales from Burnham Park

Baguio is one of the many amazing places that you can visit in the Philippines. Only a few hours away from Manila, you can reach the city by bus if you are not interested in driving yourself. The best time to journey up north is during the wee hours of the morning as the traffic is not as heavy, allowing you to reach your destination in about six hours or so.

When you reach the city, you can engage in all sorts of activities from horseback riding to cycling to park hopping. Yes, there are various parks that can be visited in Baguio. One of them is Burnham Park.

Named after a famous American architect, Daniel Burnham, the park is said to be located at a prime real estate area in Baguio. Locals and tourists alike can visit the park for free at any time of their choosing. The sky is the limit when it comes to enjoyment here.

Daniel Burnham is also recognized as an urban planner. This is why Burnham Park is considered to be an urban park in the heart of Baguio City. He became the namesake of this particular park because he was the one who actually laid out the plans for this city.

The park is surrounded by several roads and some of them are connected to the famous Camp John Hay which was an American recreational area back then. One side also faces the tallest mountain in Baguio. This is Mount Kabuyao.

Burnham Park is often referred to by locals as the mother of all parks in the city of pines. Several attractions like Session Road, the Baguio Cathedral, City Hall, and the Baguio City Market have all been constructed around this park. There are multiple roads leading to it as well from Harrison Road to Governor Pack and Magsaysay Roads to Kisad Road. On one side of the park, there is a skating rink. A man-made lake can be found in the middle. There is even an area for cycling.

Constructed by Burnham and his team over a century ago, the original design has been retained even though there have been several renovations through the years. New features have since been added to reflect Filipino culture and these really go well with Burnham’s original concept. Today, Burnham Park is a spectacular activity center that is adored by foreigners and locals alike.

The park is home to twelve cluster areas starting with the man-made lake complete with rowboats for rent and this is referred to as the Lagoon. Then there is a playground for children as well as a skating rink. The park is also home to various gardens from a rose garden, orchidarium, and the Igorot garden.

Melvin Jones Grandstand can also be found on this location together with the Athletic Bowl and the Picnic Grove plus the Japanese Peace Tower, Pine Trees of the World, and Sunshine Park. The original plan for Burnham Park was to have it serve as the eco-park of Baguio since it had wide green spaces, a multitude of trees, and other flora species as well. Nowadays, the people consider it more as a place for amusement complete with tracks, eateries, and the like.

Burnham Park
Kisad Road, Baguio City

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