Sunday, May 28, 2006

Disney-inspired theme park proposed for Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Zamboanga Journal / 28 May) Zamboanga City deputy mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco on Sunday said she would propose the establishment of a children's park following a trip to Florida's Walt Disney World and Epcot Center and other parks in the United States.

Inspired by the parks, Climaco said it is now high time for Zamboanga City to have its own playground where children can also use to exercise."We hope to realize this for the children!," Climaco, a staunch advocate of children's welfare and protection, said.

At least two sites here -- the Pasonanca Park and the reclaimed CDCP Complex -- are being eyed for the children's playground.

Climaco said the proposed park will have monkey bars -- a child friendly slide and a house box -- where children can safely play. She said the slides in Florida parks are designed in such a way that a quarter of the facility is provided with a curvature to prevent a child from overshooting below. Cut tires are used as flooring to help prevent injuries.

"The park should be totally child-friendly," she told the Zamboanga Journal.

Climaco attended the Women Global Conference held in San Antonio, Texas and then toured the Walt Disney World for new ideas about Zamboanga's own children's park.

The Walt Disney Park is located in Lake Buena Vista, outside Orlando. It opened on October 1971, with the Magic Kindom theme park and has since added Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom theme parks.

In addition to these four main theme parks, the resort contains two water parks, six golf courses, a sports complex, an auto race track and more than thirty resort hotels, and numerous shopping, dining, and entertainment offerings. The 47-square-mile property is the largest theme park resort in the world.

While the Epcot, acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, a utopian city of the future planned by Walt Disney. Epcot is generally regarded as more "learning-oriented" than other theme parks. It has only three thrill rides --Test Track, Mission: SPACE, and Soarin' --the rest of its attractions are rides, shows and sometimes walkthrough exhibits.


Anonymous said...

Way to go. All work makes a person dumb. Filipinos needs recreation.

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper said...

Dear Muhammad,

It is high time now for many poor children in Zamboanga City to have their own play park.

It is a pity that many politicians think only of their own future, of themselves, while many children dream of playing in their own park.


Ed.Zamboanga Journal