19 April 2010
Nature Tripping: La Mesa Ecopark
In the heart of Quezon City, an ecological park exists where one can commune with nature, take a dip in a salt water pool surrounded by huge trees, spend time with family feeding fishes, bike for hours, and walk around an orchidaruim . This ecological park is famously known as the La Mesa Ecopark.
Come visit La Mesa Ecopark! Just by visiting, you are already actively participating in saving La Mesa Watershed.
At La Mesa Ecopark, each member of the family can enjoy varied outdoor activities aside from picnicking. Other activities include: (a) Salt Water Swimming Pool â€“ Probably the only salt water pool that is open to the public. Salt granules are used instead of chlorine making the water safer and less toxic, (b) Superferry Boating Lagoon â€“ To experience and enjoy a paddle boat ride, one once had to trek all the way to Baguioâ€™s Burnham Park to do so. Now this popular activity is available right here in Quezon City, (c) Fishing Lagoon â€“ Fishing is another very popular to-do at the park, (d) Petron Fitness and Mountain Bike Trail â€“ Here, one can enjoy a full-body workout under the shade of trees. The fitness trail has 17 exercise stations and connects to a forested 1.2 km mountain bike trail, (e) Shell Flower Terraces â€“ Two hectares of flower terraces. This is actually the dam wall of the reservoir, (f) Ecomuseum â€“ A museum dedicated to environmental education and biodiversity conservation, (g) Butterfly Trail and Hatchery â€“ An educational walk through the wonderful, colorful world of butterflies, (h) Various pavilions for rent are available for private functions, and (i)
Overnight camping facilities also available.
Shell Flower Terraces â€“ Two hectares of flower terraces. This is actually the dam wall of the reservoir.
117 steps to the mouth of the dam
Travel Date: 10 April 2010
Place: La Mesa Ecopark, Fairview, Quezon City
Address: Fairview, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 632.430.4051/ 632.430.5207
1. Dress light and pack light. Note that you shall be walking for a few minutes. La Mesa Watershed is 2700 hectares, 700 hectares of which is the reservoir and 2000 hectares of which is the surrounding forest.
2. Please do not leave your trash behind
“Take nothing but pictures,
Leave nothing but footprints,
Kill nothing but time.”
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