Tuesday, February 23, 2016

More visitors coming to Albay park
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 22 (PNA) -- More and more visitors are flocking to the Albay Park and Wildlife (APW) in this city. From January to June last year alone, 64,882 visitors came to the park, which collected Php2.2 million in the form of entrance fee from them.

“The figure could have been higher if not for the park’s closure to give way to Gov. Joey Salceda’s order for its immediate renovation to accommodate construction of additional facilities,” said Dr. Florencio Adonay, Albay provincial veterinarian.

Although the facility was nearing renovation, Adonay said the park is still a top grosser in gate receipts because of its welcoming environs of spacious mini-forest and caged animals numbering about 22 plus the 46 others representing various species.

Added to it, he said, are the amusement features consisting of playground, biking area, lagoon for boating, cottages for picnics and meeting, horseback riding area, food court, zipline and a nerve-wracking wall-climbing facilities.

Adonay said the park has been a favorite itinerary for educational tours, family picnics, meetings and social gatherings, adding that the most important role of the facility is to serve not only as an eco-tourism area but also as a wildlife rescue center.

“We also cater to research on wild animals as well as everything about flora and fauna,” he added.

Located at the foot of Lignon Hill in Legazpi City, the five-hectare facility is expected to re-open by second quarter of this year, maybe in time for the province’s hosting of the Palarong Pambansa in April — a time when Albay expects thousands of visitors.(PNA) JMC/FGS/CBD