Metro Manila · La Mesa Watershed and Eco Park
Love the outdoors? You can bike, swim, get on a boat, camp, go horseback riding, go fishing, or play paintball at La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City.
La Mesa Eco Park, a 33-hectare nature park nestled in a relatively hushed area of the metro, was established to save the Megacity’s major drinking water source. Commissioned in the year 1929, the ecological nature reserve is in the same area as the La Mesa Dam. The dam occupies 27 square kilometers and can hold a little over 50 million cubic meters of water -enough fresh drinking water for the Megacity’s population. The water is treated onsite by Maynilad and at a treatment plant in Balara by Manila Water.
Aside from providing the Megacity with clean drinking water, the park’s mission also includes raising environmental awareness among Megacitizens.
Park admission is 50 Php. Kids below 3 feet do not have to pay this fee. Quezon City residents with valid proof of residence pay 40 Php while students in Quezon City pay 20 Php. Senior citizens from Quezon City with valid IDs can go in free as well. One must note however that there will still be fees for certain amenities inside the nature reserve.
There are a number of things one can do at the nature park and this includes biking, fishing, camping, horseback riding, getting on the zipline, biking, and fishing. This place is a wonderful destination if you would like a quick escape from the busy streets of the Megacity.
The ABS CBN foundation is among the partners of the park for the former’s Bantay Kalikasan or Protect Nature project.
The reserve has a swimming pool, a butterfly haven, a zipline, shell flower terraces, an ecomuseum, picnic grounds, and a fishing area where the reserve charges 80 Php for every kilo of fish caught. You can also go horseback riding or if you want, you can ride a horse-drawn buggy at the park too. You can also ride a bike or play paintball. Wall climbing and rappelling are also available inside the reserve. Fees apply to access these amenities with prices ranging from 60 to 350 Php.
The park also has pavilions which include the Eco Academy Hall, the Narra Pavilion, Ipil Pavilion, the Orchidarium, the Old Swimming Pool Complex, an amphitheater, and the Boating Pavilion.
Overnight camping is possible too but you would have to arrange that with the nature reserve’s management. The fee for overnight camping is 200 Php per person. The park also offers educational tours with several packages to choose from.
Location & How to Get There
Ride a northbound bus going to Fairview and ask the driver to drop you off at Winston Street in East Fairview. You can ride a tricycle from there.
La Mesa Dam Compound, Greater Lagro, Quezon City, Philippines
Tel: (63) 2 430 4051