The redevelopment of Gaston Park continues as concrete and tile works is now on the 3rd section of the famed circular landmark in Cagayan de Oro City.
Shown below is this blog’s representation of the ongoing development at the site. Work is in progress in sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 with tile works completed in 1 and 2 and ongoing at 3. Work has also started at 4 with concrete works now being prepared. Workers onsite revealed they will continue with 5 and 6 targeting early December. The children’s playground is at 6 and accordingly, the playground set will be removed and relocated somewhere else. Another significant change in the project is the removal of the fence around the park.
A common comment by people is that the concreting works will magnify the heat of the sun as it will bounce off the concrete flooring. Unlike at the Provincial Capitol where large shade trees abound, Gaston Park is devoid of such shade trees. On the other hand, it was also learned that the concrete and tile works was decided due to problem of containing and maintaining the grass area and keeping people “off the grass” – a problem which persisted at the de Lara Park before it was converted into a whole wholly tiled landscaped park.
Shown below is the ongoing work at 4.
Ongoing tile works at 3.
Section 1 was the first to be developed.
Excavation works are seen in every corner.
A completed section at 1 showing how the trees are protected and the concrete will also serve as seats.
A portion of the fence at 1 now removed.
Pavement materials and tiles are stored inside these tents.
When asked about the fountain, workers onsite said it is not part of their work but he hinted that a new fountain will replace the old and existing fountain and will be delivered and installed next year.