La Mesa Eco Park: A Forest in the City

 

Inside the La Mesa Watershed and Eco Park is a dam and an ecological reservation site. It is a haven for nature lovers and even those just seeking a different environment in the middle of the crowded and highly-urbanized Manila. Trees are bountiful and grasses are green.  

 

en route to the eco park

en route to the eco park

 

Playground for kids

Playground for kids

 

the pathway

the pathway

 

Many locals head to this place to take a dip in the only salt-water swimming pool in the city (said to be healthier than chlorine-treated pools) or just to spend time with their families over barbecue. The park does not restrict bringing of food. In fact, cooking and grilling areas are available for their convenience.  

 

Rest Areas

Rest Areas

 

There are even pavilions avaliable for corporate functions or parties. Because of the contrasting environment inside the park as opposed to the urban scene of the metro, many couples choose to have their pre-nuptial pictures taken there with the greenery as their backdrop.  

 

water lilies

water lilies

 

Neptune

Neptune

 

Fish pond

Fish pond

 

Fish pond

Fish pond

 

For the active ones, the park has several recreational activities to shoo away boredom. There are areas devoted especially for boating, fishing, wall-climbing, biking, zip line, and paint ball games.  

 

Fishing Area

Fishing Area

 

Monkey bars

Monkey bars

 

Boating Area

Boating Area

 

The La Mesa dam supplies most of the water supply of Metro Manila. You have to go up this steps to get a glimpse of the watershed.  

 

en route to the dam

en route to the dam

 

La Mesa Dam

La Mesa Dam

 

birds eye view of the park

birds eye view of the park

 

To get there, take a shuttle service (FX, van, etc.) bound for Fairview, Quezon City from Taft Avenue. You will know when you are near when you have already passed by UP Diliman, Sandiganbayan, and finally the Fairview market. Get off at Wilson Street and take an East Fairview tricycle to take you inside the park.

 

 

La Mesa Watershed & Eco Park
East Fairview Quezon City
tel. no: 632-4109670
website: www.lamesaecopark.com  

   

Operating Hours:
8am to 5pm daily  

Entrance Fee:  

Non-Quezon City residents – Php 40
QC residents – Php 20
Senior Citizens – Free  

Swimming Pool Fee:  

Adults – Php 60
Kids – Php 30

 

 

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~ by Happy Sole on March 26, 2010.

10 Responses to “La Mesa Eco Park: A Forest in the City”

  1. Wow, such wonderful landscapes

  2. The La Mesa Eco Park is always featured on ABS-CBN everytime we watch Sineskwela before. I love the development the park has over the years.

  3. Hello. I just want to ask if the number you’ve posted at the end of your blog post is a cellphone number – 632-4109670? Should it contain 9 after 63? We’re planning to visit the park this Sunday. I also want to ask if those recreational area are always active? We specifically want to try paintball games. Thank you in advance! I hope we’ll enjoy the park too. :)

    • hi jastene! it’s a landline number. “63″ stands for the Philippine country code and “2″ stands for the Manila area code. If you are here in Manila, you can just dial 4109670 directly. I am not sure if the recreational activities are always operational. But if you are going on a weekend, there is a good chance that they would be. There was a group playing paintball when we were there. I hope this helps. :) Enjoy!

  4. hi…i just want to know if what restaurants are near the la mesa eco park?

    i’m planning to go there this coming weekend…thanks

    • hello, there are eateries/barbecue places inside the Eco Park… i hope my response is not too late. i just got back from a trip & wasnt able to check for any email/updates. Enjoy!

  5. I got here yesterday and I found the place a very nice place to go with the whole family and friends.

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