La Mesa Ecopark

Satellite image of the La Mesa Ecopark in Novaliches, Quezon City.

Want to go on a picnic in a forest setting without leaving Metro Manila? Well, you should seriously check out the La Mesa Ecopark, which is within the La Mesa Dam watershed in Novaliches, Quezon City. Officially named as the La Mesa Watershed Resort and Ecological Park, the ecopark provides weary Metro residents with a respite from the polluted downtown areas.

The park was inaugurated on April 28, 2004 and is a product of the joint effort of the Quezon City government, MWSS (the water supply government agency), and ABS-CBN’s Bantay Kalikasan Foundation, among other donors.

Among the things you can encounter in the park is the centerpiece salt-water swimming pool (supposedly healthier than chlorine-treated fresh-water pools and quite visible in Google Maps), a really extensive orchidarium, the Shell Flower Terraces, a fishing pond, and a lagoon where you can go row-boating a la Burnham Park in Baguio City.

Picture of a lagoon in the La Mesa Ecopark. Photo by Harold Heindell Tejada.

You can get to the La Mesa Ecopark by entering the East Fairview Subdivision from Commonwealth Avenue. The entrance fee is at an affordable 40 pesos per adult; Quezon City residents even get a 50% discount (with a valid ID). The swimming pool has its own (cheap) entrance fee (60 pesos for adults, 30 for kids). Possibly the only problem you might have with the park is that it’s so popular (with hundreds of people visiting everyday) that it’s almost impossible to find a nice quiet spot inside to indulge in your solitude.

If you want to read more about the park from people who have visited it, try our sister blog, the Pinoy Travel Blog, or a Manila Bulletin article by Annaliza Villas, or this travel guide from ClickTheCity.com.

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September 11, 2007
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  1. jenny3d wrote on March 16, 2008 @ 05:20PM

    need pbang mgpareserve pra mkapxok?

  2. gerardo wrote on March 28, 2008 @ 11:10PM

    no nid to reserve basta come early na lng para makapili kayo ng bench at table near the pool cguro

  3. jeremy wrote on April 10, 2008 @ 03:27AM

    Hi i just want to ask kung san ung exact address nyo and magkano po ang entrance fee??

  4. Raqi wrote on July 28, 2008 @ 07:22AM

    Why not visit them at http://www.lamesaecopark.com/

  5. Ipo Watershed wrote on August 10, 2008 @ 01:44AM

    La Mesa Watershed is not the primary source of water for the 12 million residents of Metro Manila.

    Most of the water in La Mesa Reservoir comes fom Ipo and Angat Watersheds. La mesa is just a “reservoir” of water coming from Ipo and Angat Watersheds. Please see this map: http://upmencom.multiply.com/photos/album/68/Watershed_Maps#2

    La Mesa Watershed has 85% forest cover and is improving while Ipo has only 30% forest cover left!

    Twelve percent of Metro Manila’s water supply comes from Ipo Watershed while only 4% comes from La Mesa Watershed.

    La mesa Watershed has a total land area of about 2,700 hectares while Ipo Watershed has 6,600 hectares. Ipo Watershed has denuded areas comparable to the size of the entire La Mesa Watershed!

    We hope that IPO DAM WATERSHED can also be protected and rehabilitated just like the smaller La Mesa Watershed.

    Please visit http://upmencom.multiply.com/journal/item/13 for more infomation about Ipo Watershed.

    videos of Ipo Watershed here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPAs-dbD6-0
    and
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgi4iQu5JZ0

  6. Rafael Corpin wrote on September 6, 2008 @ 08:06PM

    Mag do-donate po ako ng 10 trees as part of our program for our pollution control. Kung i-aaccept po ninyo pwede po email nyo po sa akin ang contact number po ninyo…
    Thanks po…

  7. frances wrote on February 19, 2009 @ 10:43AM

    we will have a year end party and one of my option is going la mesa eco park but i need some info from ecopark ;;;;;
    1.what time will be open?
    2.what great activities can we enjoy?
    3.how much is the entrance fee?(for 12 and 13 yrs old)
    4.how much are the fees in other activities like the rock climbing etc.?

    thank you

  8. thea wrote on February 27, 2009 @ 01:34PM

    This might be of help. I got it online from someone (i think) who works there. For some reason though i could not access the website. Hopefully, you can.

    LA MESA ECOPARK Info

    General Operating Hours:
    8am to 5pm Daily (Park is closed during certain holidays.
    For information, please call: 4305207/4305208/4304051)

    PARK Admission Rates
    above 3ft P50
    3ft & below FREE

    SPECIAL Rates
    QC Residents (w/ valid proof of residence) P40
    QC Students (w/ valid id) P20
    QC Senior Citizens (w/ valid id) FREE
    Non-QC Senior Citizens P40

    POOL Admission Rates
    above 3ft P80
    3ft & below P40
    (9am – 4pm) Daily – Proper swimming attire is strictly implemented – no cotton made fabrics, no buttons & zippers. – Pool Admission rates apply to all who enter pool compound, whether they will swim or not.

    BUTTERFLY TRAIL & HATCHERY
    Admission Fee P30/head

    IPIL PAVILION – P 5,000
    Max. Capacity: 250 persons (entitled to 80 persons free park admission)

    NARRA PAVILION – P 5,000
    Max. Capacity: 150 persons (entitled to 80 persons free park admission)

    NEPTUNE PAVILION – P 4,000
    Max. Capacity: 80 persons (entitled to 50 persons free park admission)

    ORCHIDARIUM EXCLUSIVE – P 20,000
    Max. Capacity: 150 (entitled to 100 persons free park admission)

    BOATING PAVILION
    P10,000 daytime
    P15,000 nighttime
    Max. Capacity: 150 (entitled to 100 persons free park admission)

    BOAT RENTAL
    P100/boat/30minutes
    Max. Capacity 4 adults/boat

    PAINTBALL RENTAL
    P350/head (gear + 50 bullets)
    P500/head (gear + 100 bullets)
    P750/head (gear + 220 bullets)

    BIKE RENTAL
    P50 – P80/hr

    FISHING
    P80/kl (pay what you catch)

    FISHING ROD
    P20/day

    TABLES & CHAIRS
    P120/set (1 table & 4 chairs)

    PARK RULES & REGULATIONS – Strictly no littering, P500 fine is implemented. – Videoke and loud music is strictly prohibited. – Liquor, alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs are strictly prohibited. – Strictly only emergency and authorized motorized vehicles are allowed beyond the main entrance gate.

    For reservations and inquiries, please contact: 430-4051 430-5208 430-5207 telefax
    SARAH – 09062234125
    DONG – 09159013772
    marcial_genonangan@abs-cbn.com
    lamesaecopark@abs-cbn.com
    www.lamesaecopark.com

  9. darelle wrote on March 1, 2009 @ 05:24AM

    i heard there is a zip line, is this true? since i cannot open their website, tried numerous times already. will appreciate your reply, thanks!

  10. sheng wrote on March 19, 2009 @ 07:38AM

    available n b ung mountain climbing??

    may bayad b per activity??

    how much??

  11. mhel wrote on March 21, 2009 @ 02:46PM

    hi, mgkno po ang cottage sa swimming pool? at mgkno tlga ang entrance, sa park pti sa pool?
    tnx..plz.answer

  12. candy wrote on March 27, 2009 @ 12:22AM

    does LaMesa allow overnight (2 nights 3 days) camping?

  13. anna wrote on April 6, 2009 @ 11:26AM

    ei..what is that overnight facility i read? parang camping ba..pno un..

  14. nesa wrote on April 7, 2009 @ 12:51PM

    Hello!we are planning to go there,But I just want to know if we are allow to bring Dog?Thank you

  15. eljay baysa wrote on April 28, 2009 @ 08:42AM

    mag kano poh cottage jan plzzzzzz answer

  16. my wrote on June 22, 2009 @ 01:40AM

    hi.. f magcocomute lng po, pnu b magpunta ng la mesa eco park?? from sta. rosa laguna po..

  17. Susan Raz Bartolay wrote on July 15, 2009 @ 12:18PM

    Kung magcommute po kami d po b mahirap kumuha ng taxi pag pauwi na kami? wala po kami service kasama ko po kc mga anak ko.

  18. edwin m soriano wrote on October 6, 2009 @ 12:40PM

    iwould appreciate it very much as well as other picnickers going to La Mesa Eco Park,if the management would allow over nite camping.the site is beautiful,i hv been there.but over nite camping would be more enjoyable..thanks

  19. john wrote on November 14, 2009 @ 09:22AM

    is bringing in of food allowed?

  20. Talyn wrote on December 3, 2009 @ 08:17AM

    Hi, Is it true that there are a mountain climbing and rappelling in this park? Please reply. Me and my friends plan to celebrate our birthday’s here and it will be more exciting if we can go for mountain climbing and rappelling since these are our favorite hobbies.

  21. marie joy wrote on January 2, 2010 @ 06:52AM

    tlga bng bwal mgswim kpg nkshirt k lng at shorts.?

  22. vhadz wrote on February 2, 2010 @ 05:45AM

    para sa mga magsiswimming take note of this poh……alam ko ang NOT ALLOWED lng is yung mga cotton made fabric n damit kasi salt water swimming pool ung pool nila. ayun. i hope nakatulong me marie joy

  23. ma. teresa mallari wrote on March 4, 2010 @ 12:17PM

    do i need a booking. i want to visit the place by april or may. how much is the cost. send me your telephone numbers.

  24. morningview wrote on March 23, 2010 @ 07:58AM

    La Mesa Eco Park is ok. You would enjoy it unless you have to deal directly with their staff (particularly the “first aid lady” and the “guys at the zip line”). The lady was not helping my friend feel relaxed at all when she had to give her first aid treatment for her foot which was injured when she fell off one of the horses in the park. Instead of making her feel that it was just a simple bruise & she need not worry, she scared her more by telling her “to make a deep breath” so she can “PULL THE SKIN off her toe”. In the end, she just had to cut it, which was a lot better than pulling off the skin. On the other hand, two of the zip line crew (which are all male) were just plain “bastos” (disrespectful). They didn’t know how to treat their customers right and acted as if they didn’t care at all whether you enjoy the activity or not, as long as they enjoy themselves embarrassing you in front of other people. They won’t stop saying things that sometimes didn’t even matter to the topic on hand. My bf tried to tell the first guy what he did wrong but he became defensive and he told my bf that it was just a joke (same thing I was told). They, or rather HE (coz the other one just disappeared from my sight) only apologized after my bf told him that we have a video of what really happened. IF I WERE THEIR BOSS, I’LL EITHER GET THEM RE-TRAINED OR JUST FIRE THEM IMMEDIATELY. NOT GOOD FRONT LINERS FOR A BUSINESS.

  25. Anthony wrote on July 3, 2010 @ 11:52AM

    You can see bastos people anywhere because of their low salaries with so much work to do. Do not complain about them and maybe the management didn’t give them proper training at all. It’s always with the management and how they treat their employees so they pass it to the people.

  26. marie wrote on August 27, 2010 @ 08:08PM

    ask ko lang po. pano mag punta sa eco park kung magcocomute lang kami? from valenzuela to eco park? thanks.

  27. iah wrote on May 23, 2011 @ 01:23AM

    hi po. Paano po ba pumunta sa eco park from Recto ng commute? =]

  28. bobby wrote on June 5, 2011 @ 03:50PM

    i think malayong lakaran un kung gus2 nyo tlga pumunta…. hehe

  29. justine wrote on April 17, 2012 @ 02:43PM

    magkano ang paintball at hanggang pang ilang taon ito pls replyyyy

  30. megi wrote on November 30, 2012 @ 01:34PM

    u need to take SM Fairview or Lagro bus or jeep. drop by Marlboro st. cr Commonwealth ave and take a tricycle to ecopark.

  31. Pie wrote on March 31, 2015 @ 04:22PM

    Good day!

    Ask ko lang po kung open kayo ng April 3 & 4, 2015.

  32. Apple wrote on September 1, 2016 @ 02:46AM

    Hi! Just wanna ask if provided ang electricity sa mga pavilions. Thanks

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