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The Philippine Landmarks Today | La Mesa Ecopark - Quezon City

The La Mesa Ecopark in Fairview, Quezon City

La Mesa Ecopark. Courtesy of Ana Nechelle & Emmanuel
The La Mesa Watershed and Eco-Park, a dam and an ecological reservation site in East Fairview, Quezon City, Philippines, is part of the Angat-Ipo-La Mesa water system, which supplies most of the water supply of Metro Manila and is adjacent to the Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges bounded by Caloocan, Quezon City and Rizal Province. The La Mesa Dam is an earth dam whose reservoir can hold up to 50.5 million cubic meters occupying an area of 27 square kilometers.

It is owned by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), a government water supply government agency and is jointly operated along with the Local Government of Quezon City, Bantay Kalikasan (ABS-CBN) and other private companies. 

The La Mesa Ecopark, one of the oldest parks in Metro Manila,  is a 33 hectare park located in the 2,700-hectare La Mesa Watershed. The park was inaugurated on April 28, 2004 and is a product of the joint effort of the QC government, MWSS, and ABS-CBN’s Bantay Kalikasan Foundation, among other donors, to generate income to help with the reforestation of the area surrounding the watershed and to create funds for the watershed’s maintenance. The Ecopark sits on 2700 hectares, divided between 700 hectares of the reservoir and 2000 hectares of forest.

The Ecopark is a popular outdoor destination for school and corporate field trips and activities.. It has a public saltwater swimming pool complex, a 5 hectare Lopez Picnic Grounds, areas for camping, a Superferry Boating Lagoon, a Petron Fitness and Mountain Bike Trail with 17 exercise stations and 1.2 km mountain bike trail, 2 hectares of Shell Flower Terraces, amphitheater, orchidarium, adventure zone, and an eco museum.

It is accessible and can be reached in few minutes from Commonwealth Ave.via Winston St. (before Datamex College of St. Adeline, front of Metrobank and BPI Fairview), Pearl Drive or Camaro St. (near PLDT Fairview and Fairview General Hospital) where several tricycles are stationed.


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