Cebu City Government C2W to revive the city’s historic Freedom Park
Cebu City’s historic Freedom Park was once a vibrant setting for gatherings and a bastion for free speech where people exchanged ideas on issues. It will experience a new lease of life with the modernization of Carbon District.
As part of the joint venture agreement to modernize the Carbon District, the Cebu City Government, together with private partner Cebu2World Development, Inc. (C2W), will preserve the original location and revive the original intention of the park as an open space that celebrates the ideal of freedom. “
It comes after acting mayor Michael Rama suggested preserving the park’s location in its original location, which has since become a mall for flowers, furniture and indigenous goods on the public carbon market.
“We fully support the city government’s drive towards historic preservation and its vision to preserve the original location of Freedom Park. The Carbon District is one of the oldest and most historic neighborhoods in the city, which is why we are balancing the modernization of facilities with the preservation of Cebuano’s heritage and culture, ”said Cristina Angan, Director of C2W.
Honor the original design
In order to restore the park to what it once was for the community, the area needs to be revitalized.
The new Freedom Park is intended to have tree-lined paths – all of which lead to the Obelisk of “Freedom” – for people to wander aimlessly while being greeted by warm smiles from the vendors.
It will also feature lush greenery that will provide the public with a refreshing park experience and a sense of tranquility amid being located in the heart of the bustling market.
The park will be transformed into an attractive environment which would encourage recreation, a desirable place for children to frolic and an attractive place for meetings with family and friends.
Prior to being part of the public market, Freedom Park was a training ground for US military troops during the American period. This is where the exercises and inspections took place at the time. Freedom Park was also the place where students, religious sectors, debates and political demonstrations were held.
In the 1960s, the place that was once known as a place of congregation slowly transformed into a shopping center for small entrepreneurs.