Burnham Park has always been a staple tourist destination in Baguio City. It has been there ages ago and it has undergone many changes overtime. Recently, it was renovated to fit the dynamic city life. One of the developments that clearly enhanced and improved the park is the major development of the Rose Garden.
A The development of Rose Garden was based on the Burnham Park Master Development Plan donated by the University of the Cordilleras (UC) to the City of Baguio. According to the website of UC, the plan they have given to the city incorporates “Green Architectures and Sustainable and Organic approach” in its planning and design.
Rose Garden can now live up to its name as it is now surrounded with roses. The roses in different colors were dominant in the garden as it can be seen all around. Seats are also provided for those who visit the garden.
There are also spaces provided wherein groups of teenagers may practice dance steps and play some sports like badminton. During the nights, the garden is lightened up with LED lights. The garden is also equipped with speakers to add more feeling to the ambiance, so visitors can sing along with the music. Last Valentines Day students from the University of the Cordilleras planted roses at the Rose Garden. Joyce Miguel, 19, said that instead of buying roses during Valentines that will eventually die, it is more practical to plant roses that many can see and enjoy for a longer period of time.
Aside from the roses, the dancing fountain is also one of the highlights of the garden. During the day, it seems like an ordinary fountain but as it gets darker the beauty of the fountain will reveal itself as different colors appear.
The renovation of the Rose Garden was done through the Priority Development Allocation Funds (PDAF) of Baguio Representative Bernardo Vergara and Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA). This is in accordance to the City’s campaign to promote Baguio’s tourism.