The Golden Friendship Park Children’s Playground
Situated in the heart of Cagayan de Oro City is the Golden Friendship Park, which is also known as Plaza Divisoria. Plaza Divisoria sits right at the city’s downtown area and is a long stretch of islet-parks that stretches all the way from Burgos Street to Corrales Avenue.
A History of the Golden Friendship Park
The whole park was built in the early 1900s and has been an integral part of Cagayan de Oro’s downtown. During that time, a huge fire almost burned the whole downtown area; hence, the Plaza was created to serve as a fire break to prevent another huge fire from burning the whole downtown. Today, the Plaza serves as a park that functions as a venue for different activities.
Plaza Divisoria is surrounded by plenty of establishments, shops and offices. During the weekend, the whole Plaza is closed down and transformed into the Night Market and Night Café – where the streets are filled with food displays, as well as stalls selling every kind of merchandise you can think of. In the middle of the plaza are masseurs of different kinds with their plastic chairs, offering their massage service for as low as PHP 50. These weekend nights are crowd drawers, and families from all over Cagayan de Oro flock together to eat, buy or just hang out.
The park has seen a number of renovations and improvements over the years, and the children’s playground is the newest among them.
Playground in the Golden Friendship Park
Today, there is all the more another reason for parents to take their kids to Plaza Divisoria, and that is because of the new playground that has recently just been constructed.
The playground is erected on the plaza island near the Divisoria Kiosk, right in front of Columbia Computer Center, Rika Pharmacy and Nova Rosa Parlor. On the other side of the playground, you will find the numerous DVD stalls. The playground is adequately sized and is designed with a small tower, some bridges, decks, tunnels and slides that kids will certainly enjoy. Now, parents can sit back and enjoy a quick foot massage or shop for bargain clothes and shoes while their little kids run around and play.
Once your kids are done playing, you can take them to a number of fastfood or snack areas in the vicinity. Right in front of the playground is McDonald’s and Mang Inasal, while on the opposite side is Cinnamon Bakeshop. Jollibee is located in the next block, so you can always grab a quick bite once your kids are tired from all the running around and playing.
-Justine B. Raagas-
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