Tuesday, January 20, 2009

La Mesa Eco Park

As promised in my previous post, i'll be posting more of La Mesa Eco Park pictures here. This view is from the Shell Flower Terraces, two hectares of flower terraces which is actually the dam wall of the reservoir. This stair is steep, forgot to count how many steps, but when you go up here you'll see the dam reservoir.

The La Mesa Eco Park spans 33 hectares and lies within the La Mesa Watershed which measures 2,700 hectares (though the La Mesa Watershed itself is off limits to the public - of course to protect the reservoir of metro manilas' water source). La Mesa Eco park is a popular destination for family outings and picnics; a more healthful alternative to shopping malls. There are various outdoor activities you can enjoy at the park which include:
  • Lopez Picnic Grounds - Five hectares of picnic spots with grilling facilities underneath a forest of varied trees. (free just bring your own food of course hehehe)
  • Salt Water Swimming Pool – 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. (entrance fee is 80 pesos per head)
  • Boating Lagoon - Similar to the paddle boat ride of Baguio’s Burnham Park. (100 pesos boat rental for 30 minutes, maximum capacity of 4 person in a boat)
  • Fishing Lagoon - one of the most popular to-do in the park
  • Butterfly Trail and Hatchery - entrance fee is 25 pesos per head
  • Overnight camping facilities are also available, seen boy scouts camp here.
You can view the La Mesa Eco park map here.

How to go to La Mesa Eco Park

by car: Take Commonwealth Avenue towards Fairview. You will be passing the following landmarks: UP Diliman, Iglesia ni Cristo Templo Central, Ever Gotesco, Sandiganbayan, Litex, Mercury Drugstore. Turn right at East Fairview Subdivision’s Winston St. then right at Marlboro St. all the way to Pall Mall St. where you should turn left. Turn right at the first corner. You will enter the La Mesa Dam Guard House. There is only one road to take then turn left to the parking lot, in front of which is the gate to the park. The lagoon is further down the path.

by public transportation: from SM North Edsa take a Fairview-bound FX, bus, or jeepney and tell the driver that you're goping to the La Mesa Eco Park, get off at the East Fairview Subdivision. At the gate, ride a tricycles that can take you to the Eco Park.

La Mesa Eco Park
Entrance Fee: 50 pesos
Special Rate: 40 pesos for Quezon City residents, 20pesos for Quezon City students, and FREE for Senior Citizens
Tel. No.: 430-4051 and 430-5207
Email Address: lamesaecopark@abs-cbn.com
Website: www.lamesaecopark.com


Sherwin said...

I've been to La Mesa and I have to say that the place is great. It's kinda far from Laguna but the trip is worth it. Nice photography!

reyna elena said...

Nice, i need to visit that someday! hahaha

Ambo said...

Oh my! Ganda pala dyan talaga! Di pa din ako nakakapasyal dyan hanggang ngayon.

Babooshka said...

Really informative and a stunning landscape image,

KT said...

This is the 1st time I have visited your blog. Great post and very informative with links to maps and lots of background. I can see you put a lot of work into this.

kaede said...

I'm going there on valentine's day. Planning will surprise someone. Hope everything works out well. Can't wait..

Great view by the way..

iva said...

i agree... ive been there just last saturday and it was really relaxing there. well, relaxing but a bit tiring... the place is super lawak, we didnt even get to check the whole of it. sa playground pa lang, napagod na ko because of the chikitings. :)

dami nga photographers there. balik ako ulit for sure.

♥♫meLody♫♥ said...

I really hope na makapunta na ko dyan w/my bf coz I want to celebrate our anniversarry there on March 8..kasi lage ko lng nkkta ung La Mesa Eco Park sa tv so hopefully matuloy ang date nmen dyan.. ^_^

fedhz said...

Hi! according to one of a consignor there, the steps are 117. I wasn't able to climb since I have my kid with me (I'm afraid of heights... lol)

lovely sight, ne?

La Mesa Ecopark

fedhz said...

@Ambo: naku! ako nga rin ngayon lang nakapunta sa La Mesa Ecopark, halos kapitbahay lang namin hehe.

@Melody: Yup! naku, masaya. ang daming lovers dun. hehe! lagi ko rin sya nakikita sa TV and I can't believe na dito lang pala sya sa QC. ^^

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