La Mesa Ecopark


Who would have thought that beneath the hustle and bustle of a very busy city in Metro Manila lies an ecological park where one can commune with nature, take a dip into the cold water of a pool surrounded by huge trees, get together with family and friends, experience boating ala Burnham park in Baguio City, bike their way to good health, or simply while away time? Believe it or not, there is such place right in the heart of Fairview in Quezon City and it is called the La Mesa Ecopark.

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The La Mesa Ecopark is located in East Fairview Subdivision, in Quezon City. It is in the heart of the La Mesa Dam Watershed which is the source of the Metro Manila water supply. The park which used to be a neglected area was recently developed to become a haven where Quezon City folks could escape from the euphoria of urban living. The entrace fee to the La Mesa Ecopark is very affordable P40/adult. Quezon City residents who can present valid ID are even treated to a discounted rate of P20/adult.

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Once inside the La Mesa Dam Eco park, the first thing that would greet you is the abundance of huge trees that line up a small asphalted road leading to the main park. Inside the main park, there are practically everything that you could wish for in a nature park. The picnic area is a spacious area covered by the canopies of tress providing a much needed shade under the sun.

Another attraction of the La Mesa Eco Park, is a fishing lagoon where one can enjoy the experience of actual fishing. There are fishing rods available for rent and when you are lucky to catch a fish, you can pay for your catch for a fee of P80/kilo. Perfect for lunch!

Aside from this fishing lagoon, there is also an ochidarium where various plant species can be found. Adjacent to this orchidarium is an amphiteater of sorts, where concerts and other events can be held.

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The La Mesa Ecopark also rents out function halls or pavillions where parties and other celebrations can be held.

There is also a biking area where families can enjoy biking together within the ecopark. Biking rates are pegged P50/hour (Kiddie Bike), P60/hour (BMX)
P70/hour (Sidecar).

Now, comes the 50 year old swimming pool, where one can enjoy the warm water amidts the cool weather provided by the trees. Entrance to the pool is P60/adult and P30 for kids 4.5 below. A bit of advice though, if you are going there on a weekend, make sure to come early since the pool is not that big enough to accomadate a huge volume of swimmers. As early as 9 am on a Sunday, the La Mesa Ecopark administrators had to stop accomodating swimmers since there were already more than a hundred of people inside.

Overall, the La Mesa Dam Ecopark is a very good place to unwind and relax on a Sunday afternoon. A cheaper alternative to posh urban resorts sprawling all over Metro Manila and the nearby suburbs.

For more information, visit http://www.abs-cbnfoundation.com/kalikasan/ecopark.htm.

To get there, here is the location map.

More pictures here.

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  • sonny

    The eco park is generating so much interest from a lot of people but, just like me, they don’t know how to get there. Most of the comments posted here are asking for directions on how to get there as the link to the map is not working. But the administrator or the website owner is not interested as there was no response to the queries. Knock Knock, gumising naman kayo!!!!

  • maylene fernandez

    ask Ko lang po.. paano po mag vote para hindi ma2loy ung housing project sa la mesa?

    tnx^-^

  • maylene fernandez

    bukod pa po doon….mawawala na ang kaisa isang magandang lugar o pasyalan jan sa manila…na namumukod tanging magandang forest jan…

  • maylene fernandez

    elow pow…sana hindi matuloy ung housing project sa la mesa…kasi isang malaking problema un para sa mga taga manila at kalapit na lugar dahil siguradong lalong dudumi ung tubig….siguradong maraming magkakasakit…

    tnx…^-^

  • maylene

    elow pow…sana hindi matuloy ung housing project sa la mesa…kasi isang malaking problema un para sa mga taga manila at kalapit na lugar dahil siguradong lalong dudumi ung tubig….siguradong maraming magkakasakit…

    tnx…^-^

  • http://pinoytravelblog.com nitz

    hell ask ko lang pano go sa la mesa eco park taga up diliman me thanks!!

  • nina

    taga valenzuela po ako pano ko makakarating dyan..using my own car…ty

  • candy

    hi, can you please give me the instructions on how to get in to the park. we will just take a public vehicle. thanks

  • joy

    taga caloocan po ako paano po ba way papunta eco park?

  • Mikey

    hello, mikey here. just want you to know that i really love to visit your place. And I promise to be there before the year ends. Thanks and God bless!!!

  • kaiser

    uhmm.. anu-anu pde kong sakyan going to ecopark from caloocan or manila?? how much would that cost??
    can i just take a taxi??^_^

  • marlon

    paki ayos naman yung location map nakakaligaw kasi yung papunta dyan..salamat…asap

  • Krissie

    Hi! We will be having a field trip this month on your place, I just want to ask how could we reach your place? we’re from Pasay City… And what activiies we could avail on your place and how much we could spend? like entrance swimming fees and all that. I hope you could reply as soon as possibe. Thank You!

  • http://pinoytravelblog.com charlesmike

    Can i ask what is all about eco-park?What is the location or place where eco park seen?thank you!!

  • Chester Lee

    La Mesa Dam has been generating interests among the public looking for an alternative to malls. But even for long time resident of Metro Manila like me we were given enough information in how to find it online. Your link to it’s location map is not working.

  • http://yahoo.com esther

    Iwant to know where is eco park pool. It is park with a pool.I want to know how much does 4 children and 1 baby 2grow-up cost

  • Gina Basco

    pwede po ba magpareserved and ok lng po b mgdala ng sariling bike.. thanks

  • leslie gacita

    i just wanna know how the exact location of la mesa dam,since i am from manila. tnx

  • marjorie

    can i sak kung pde dun mg-ovenight stay as in like camping and wat other activities available there?

  • http://www.ipmsphilippines.com angelo

    oo nga po.

    Pano pumunta sa La Mesa EcoPark ng namamasahe ka lang?

    Meron map sa Website ng la Mesa EcoPark pero para lang yun sa may mga sasakyan.

    Ano pong byahe ang sasakyan?

  • Angel

    gusto ko lang po ng detailed instruction on how to get here at eco park by fare since manggagaling pa po kami ng province. like san bababa sa EDSA pag galing ng NLex, anong jeep ang sasakyan papunta sa park. Hope you could help me. tnx….

  • myrna sarthou mateo

    please draw the sketch on how to go here at eco park

    by car and by taxi or by bus

  • Jenny

    Hi..gusto kow lang itanong kow available ang swimming pool this monday? pls reply asap!! thanks …

  • pilarcita david

    ang hindi ko maintindihan bakit kailagan tayuan nang bahay ang place where we are getting our water. hindi ba talaga matuto tuto ang govt natin na mabababoy ang lugar na iyan. please lang.

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