Malolos Nature Park

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INTRODUCTION

Malolos Nature Park: A Centerpiece of Recreational Urbanscape Destination through Nature Based Tourism

BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY

More than half of the world's population now lives in cities, making the creation of a healthy urban environment a major policy priority. Cities, compared to rural areas are more crowded and faster-paced while rural living is often more relaxed and less congested. Cities have benefits and disadvantages. One is, it is a hub for industrialization. There are more factories and businesses, making the areas more polluted. With the modern social environment cities have, people are more capable of getting stressed with what their environment is offering that fall under a social problem.

A social problem is a condition that at least some people in a community view as being undesirable. Examples include crime, violence, drug abuse, and environmental problems. One of the biggest causes of stress is environmental problems. Potential sources of environmental stress spread through all aspects of our lives in our crowded, noisy, polluted cities and towns. Few examples of environmental stress are overcrowding, poor air quality, distractions, noise and clutter. These environmental stresses should not just be ignored by people, for it could affect ones behavior, personality or performance of an individual. Worse part is, stress could generate into health problems. Study shows that if a person do not take time to de-stress when you’re feeling overwhelmed by the things that his/her environment, it has a negative impact on his daily activities, work and life may seem unhealthy. One factor that could help lessen the stress of a person is through recreational activities. In our present day today, cluttered malls and less nature based environment are the usual recreational facilities that people tend to seek comfort in.

Based on “Exploring the Active Lifestyle” survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 88% of participants said that a natural setting allows them to escape the pressures of everyday life, Seventy-nine percent believed it keeps them feeling young, and 76% indicated it allows them to connect with themselves.

In another study, researchers compared subjects who walked in a park, walked in an urban setting or relaxed in a comfortable chair (Hartig et al. 1991). The park walk was most effective for relieving mental fatigue.

Establishments of parks in a city or in a developing city could be an instrument to help lessen the social problems of a particular community. Parks as a landscape is an element of urban design that helps define the character and beauty of a city and creates soft, contrasting spaces and elements.

Establishment of parks could also be a center for ecotourism promotion, for it shall encourage the locality itself and other adjacent provinces, cities and towns. Sustainability as an approach on parks for ecotourism is vital on the existing environment for development on future generations. Behavioral architecture as another approach for the study should be an instrument for efficient spatial arrangement in relation to users’ behavior. Bulacan as one of the provinces that is highly urbanized and could never be missed when traveling north, dubbed as the ” Gateway to the North”, since its location is just at the northern tip of Metro Manila. One of the municipality of Bulacan is, Malolos City.

Malolos City as a third class urban component city in the Republic of the Philippines. It is considered as the 115th city in the country. It is the capital city of the province of Bulacan as the seat of the provincial government. Malolos, is rapidly becoming industrialized due to its immediacy to Metro Manila. As Malolos City is continuously developing, its economy is increasingly adapting to other cities. One factor that aids the improvement of its economy is the richness of Bulacan on natural resources.

With the aid of Ecotourism, it will help...
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