Metro Manila · Balara Filters Park
Balara Filters Park is one of the oldest of Quezon City’s parks. It has swimming pools, a picnic grove, a windmill park, and art deco buildings.
Among the oldest parks in the Quezon City area, Balara Filters park used to be a popular destination for entertainment and recreation in the 1950s. According to historians, the 60-hectare park is almost as large as Manila’s Rizal Park. It was neglected for decades until its renovation in the year 2003.
New amenities of Balara Filters Park include three large swimming pools, an elevated picnic grove, a kiddie playground, and a windmill park.
Art deco buildings and various vintage structures dot the area. This includes an Italian-inspired chapel, an open ornamental house called Orosa Hall, a pavilion at the pool complex, and a baby terrace. It is also home to the Anonas Amphitheater which used to house performances by Filipino artists.
Near the entrance of the pool complex is a bathhouse once called Widow’s Walk by Americans who lived near the area in the 1950s. According to the city government, the structure reminded many Americans of a building near a pier where sea captains’ wives waited for their husbands to return.
The park is also the home a nude water bearer statue, a replica of Sta. Cruz, Manila’s Carriedo fountain, a Lion Head that spills the filters’ backwash, and a monument that commemorates those who died during the construction of the filters.
Water filtered at Balara Filters Park come all the way from Angat Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan.
The park is a good choice for a quiet picnic with friends and loved ones.
Location & How to Get There
Katipunan Extension, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines