As a nature-lover, I have a soft spot for parks and eco-tourism hubs. So when I have learned that our group’s destination during the blogventure event (an activity that is part of the 75th Founding Anniversary of Quezon City) included an eco-park, I became even more ecstatic. Moreover, I have always wanted to go and see the La Mesa Eco-Park.
The La Mesa Eco-park is a 33 hectare park that is part of the La Mesa Watershed (an important water source for the Greater Manila Area). It was in the year 2004 that the park was opened to the public as a means of generating income for the watershed’s maintenance. Moreover, the park aims at providing opportunities for enjoying a healthy outdoor recreation and also an avenue for environmental education.
According to our energetic guide, the park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Metro Manila. During our brief stint, I have noticed that the eco-park seem to be a known outdoor destination for school and company field trips, and also family and friends gatherings.
Through the years, the park’s rehabilitation and reforestation is a joint effort from both the public and private sectors. I am personally amazed that there are a lot of facilities on park’s grounds that can be used for various activities. From a public saltwater pool, a large picnic area, camping sites, a boating and fishing lagoon, an awesome biking trail, a beautiful flower terrace, a butterfly sanctuary and an eco-museum – this eco-park is such a great breather from the hustle and bustle of city life. Guided tours are available at a minimal cost and there are even pavilions for leasing.
The La Mesa Ecopark is located within the La Mesa Watershed in East Fairview, Quezon City. It is owned by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage Ssytem and is jointly operated with the Quezon City government, Bantay-Kalikasan and other private companies.
***My visit to La Mesa Eco-Park is one of the 3 destinations (and write-up I made) I was fortunate to visit during Quezon City’s 75th anniversary celebration.
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