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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

La Mesa Ecopark

The La Mesa Watershed and Eco-Park consists of the La Mesa Dam and an ecological nature reserve site in Quezon City commissioned in 1929 in the Philippines. It is part of the Angat-Ipo-La Mesa water system, which supplies most of the water supply of Metro Manila. The La Mesa Dam is an earth dam whose reservoir can hold up to 50.5 million cubic meters and occupying an area of 27 square kilometers.

The water collected in the reservoir is treated on-site by the Maynilad Water Services, and at the Balara Treatment Plant further south by the Manila Water. Both water companies are private concessionaires awarded by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, the government agency in charge of water supply. It is a vital link to the water requirements of 12 million residents of Metro Manila considering that 1.5 million liters of water pass through this reservoir everyday. It is also the last forest of its size in the metropolis.

The La Mesa Ecopark in Quezon City is a well-developed sanctuary around the La Mesa Watershed via a joint partnership between MWSS, ABS-CBN, and Quezon City. The public park spans 33 hectares aims to preserve and protect the La Mesa Watershed, not only by generating revenues, but also promoting environmental awareness in saving the environment. Primary focus of the EcoPark is for outdoor recreation and forest experience. Students, families, environmentalist, tourist, fitness buffs flock the park everyday, seeing it as an alternative to the shopping malls in the metropolis.

The La Mesa Ecopark is home to the following attractions:
1. Lopez Picnic Grounds - five hectares of picnic area under and surrounded by a forest of huge tall trees with grilling provisions.
2. Salt Water Swimming Pool - a public pool that utilizes salt granules instead of chlorine giving, not only a close-to-the-sea atmosphere, but also a safer and less toxic filtering process
3. Superferry Boating Lagoon - couples, families, barkadas, and anyone can enjoy a boat ride by paddling in this lagoon
4. Fishing Lagoon
5. Petron Fitness and Mountain Bike Trail - a fitness trail with exercise stations and connects to a mountain bike trail in a forest full of trees
6. Shell Flower Terraces - a dam wall converted into hectares of flower terraces
7. Ecomuseum
8. Butterfly Trail and Hatchery - an educational walking tour through the world of butterflies
9. Pavilions for rent for different private and public functions
10. Overnight camping zone
11. Paintball field - Global Glutz is also in the house!
12. Wall climbing, rappelling, and zipline!


Suresh kumar said...

Thanks for your grateful informations, am working in Tourism Portal, so it will be helpful info for my works.

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