Baguio mayor opens Burnham Park for campers
No place to stay in Baguio City? Try Burnham Park.
Baguio City mayor Mauricio Domogan announced that he would allow tourists to use portions of the park as campsites, at least for a night.
Domogan said he has received reports from the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRAB) that most local hotels, inns, and transient houses are already fully booked ahead of the coming Christmas season.
“We have to open suitable portions of Burnham Park for those interested to put up their tents and stay overnight for them to have a feel of the city’s cool and romantic weather,” the mayor was quoted in a Baguio Herald Express report.
“However, they must adhere to the rules governing cleanliness in order to keep our park clean for others to use,” Domogan added.
Among the areas that are being eyed for campers are the picnic grove, the open space within the skating rink and portions of the Ibaloi Park.
Domogan said the city government would also ask operators of pay toilets at the park to ensure that their facilities are open 24 hours to serve the campers.
Tourists wanting to camp at the park should bring their own tents and register first with the City Environment and Parks Management Office for monitoring purposes, according to Domogan.
Policemen are also under orders to patrol the tent areas round-the-clock to secure the campers and apprehend anyone doing illegal activities, he added.
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