People's Park is one of the most popular destinations in Davao City for tourists and visitors alike.
The entrance has a dome with spikes, inspired by Davao's famous fruit: durian.
We went there on a late Saturday afternoon and sure enough, there were many people doing various activities. Aside from folks who were just hanging out or strolling, there was a group of gorgeous models surrounded by photographers, people jogging, students practicing their dances, families, couples, and lone visitors.
Entrance is free but security at the entrance is a little tighter compared to what we Manileños are used to. Guards really check your bags before letting you in, unlike here in Manila where they just poke your bag with their stick.
There are several sculptures and spots all over the park
Some of these unique sculptures depict indigenous people.
Bonus: A creepy-looking sign at the gate, reminding people not to smoke.
The park opens early (5am) so if you're staying at a house/hotel nearby, this is a good place for a morning jog or exercise. Lush trees and landscaped gardens abound.
The place is clean and well-maintained, well, except for the comfort rooms which look old. During our visit, there was water inside the cubicles but none at the sink. Tsk tsk.
People's Park is open from 5am to 8am and 1pm to 10pm or 11pm. From 8am-1pm, the park is closed for cleanup and maintenance. However, I've read accounts that some tourists were allowed inside during cleanup time, perhaps because it was understandable that tourists would not be aware of the park's curious mid-day break. Still, if you're a tourist staying farther than walking distance to the park, better avoid the maintenance period, just to be on the safe side.
People's ParkPalma Gil St.
Davao City, Philippines