Burnham Park (Philippines)

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Burnham Park (Baguio)
Burnham Park Lake Philippines.jpeg
Burnham Park Lake
Burnham Park (Baguio) is located in Philippines
Burnham Park (Baguio)
Burnham Park (Baguio)
Type Urban park
Location Baguio, Philippines
Coordinates 16°24′35″N 120°35′41″E / 16.409592°N 120.59479°E / 16.409592; 120.59479Coordinates: 16°24′35″N 120°35′41″E / 16.409592°N 120.59479°E / 16.409592; 120.59479
Area 32.84 hectare
Owned by Baguio City Government(2008)
Open All year

Burnham Park is an 32.84 hectare urban park located at the heart of the City of Baguio, in the Philippines. It was named after the
American architect and urban planner, Daniel Hudson Burnham who laid the plans for the city.[1] Several stretch of roads around the park lead to Camp John Hay, a former recreational base of the United States Armed Forces in the Philippines. It is a scenic park overlooking Mount Kabuyao, the tallest mountain in the Baguio region.

At the southern part of the park, a skating rink was constructed. The Melvin Jones Grand Stand and Football Field at the eastern part of the park are normally used for several activities like parades, concerts, and political rallies. The Children's Park and the Orchidarium is located at the western part of the park. There are also bike rentals if one so wishes. You can rent either single bikes, tandem bikes or even bikes with side cars. They even have small bikes for the little kids of both two and three wheel versions.

When the 1990 Luzon earthquake killed more than 100 people in Baguio, many homes were destroyed, leaving many displaced people seeking refuge in Burnham Park.

Bust of Daniel Burnham

Facilities[edit]

Burnham Lake[edit]

The park features a man-made lake situated at the center where tourists can enjoy boating with rented boats.

Children Playground[edit]

Government of Baguio City and SM Prime Holdings Inc. signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the improvement and rehabilitation of the Children’s Playground inside Burnham Park.[2]

Skating Rink[edit]

At the southern end of Burnham Park, A public ice rink was constructed where ice skate rentals are available.

Rose Garden[edit]

One of the developments that clearly enhanced and improved the park is the major development of the Rose Garden.[3] A bust of Daniel Burnham was erected inside the Rose Garden.

Orchidarium[edit]

At its center lies an orchid house and different kinds of orchids and other flowers.[4]

Igorot Garden[edit]

It is very popular with the locals who like playing Chess. The Garden is dominated by a Statue of the 5 main Igorot Tribes the Ibalois, Bontocs, Kalingas, Ifugaos and the Kankanaeys.

Melvin Jones Grandstand[edit]

It has become host to a number of events, most notably the visit of the late Pope John Paul II in the 80s.[5]

Athletic Bowl[edit]

It is planned to be rehabilitated including the installation of tartan tracks in the oval, the concreting and rehabilitation of its canals to include changing the roofing and posts in the view deck.[6]

Picnic Grove[edit]

Japanese Peace Tower[edit]

Pine Trees of the World[edit]

Sunshine Park[edit]

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