La Mesa Ecopark is quite near where I used to live in Fairview, Quezon City. I had never bothered to go there before, thinking it was just an ordinary park.
I didn’t realize how wrong I was until last weekend when I went there with Couchsurfing friends!
This 33-hectare public park was established to save the La Mesa Watershed Project, a major source of drinking water for millions of Metro Manila residents.
Aside from picnicking, the following are the things you can do in La Mesa with friends or family members (or just by yourself, why not).
Swimming. There are swimming pools here, but they close at 4pm. Entering the pool area costs P80 for adults and P40 for kids, whether you will swim or not.
Biking. This is for free, if you bring your own bike. There are rentals costing P50-90 per hour, but you can only use their designated biking area; quite a laugh actually, for you to rent a huge bike, for example, just to go round and round.
The fenced bike area can be used by those who want to learn how to bike, though the rough and uneven surface, no helmets for use, and the lack of a guide can be dangerous to learners.
Boating and Fishing. There is a small lake you can boat around in. Rate is P100/boat (max 4 persons). As of posting though, it is closed because of a construction going on. The fishing rod can be rented for P20/day, and you also have to pay for your catch (P80/kl).
For the more adventurous, here are other things to do.
Wall climbing. This is open to both adults and children. When we were there, I saw a 9-year-old child climb the wall pretty quickly. The rate is P100 per climb. There’s someone to belay and hoist you up if necessary. (As of May 2013: This is no longer available at the Ecopark.)
Zipline. Yep, they have one now! It’s not really as exciting as the one in Tagaytay, Subic, or Danao, Bohol, but it’s enough to let you know how it feels to go on a zipline. Rate: P100.
Paintball. We did this! And I’m quite happy that I hit a lot of our opponents. The marshall even told me (when I took out the last member of the other team) that I was quite a sniper. ^_^ The rate is a bit steep: P350 for 50 paintball bullets and P500 for 100.
Our P350 was only good for two games (probably because most of us were trigger-happy!). We also didn’t like the helmet; the glass was kind of blurry (a bit old and used), but like the zipline, it was enough of an introduction to the sports. (As of May 2013: This is no longer available at the Ecopark.)
In lieu of wall climbing and paintball, the Ecopark has two new attractions: archery (P50 for three arrows) and bungee jumping (P120). I haven’t experienced these yet though, so try it out and let me know in the comments how it was!
If you’re going there with your family, bring food! There are just a few kiosks selling foodstuff so don’t expect to fill your belly here. Bring mosquito repellent as well. I got bitten a lot.
For more information regarding La Mesa Ecopark, check out their website. You can also just call the following numbers (don’t forget to add +63 if calling from outside the country, or +02 if calling from outside Manila): 430-4051, 430-5207, and 430-5207 (telefax).
The entrance to the park is P40 for QC residents (with proof of residence), P20 for Quezon City students (with valid ID), and P50 for everyone else. Children below 3 feet are free, as well as senior citizens who are residents of Quezon City.
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hi ask ln po kung need po ng permit pag mag pre debut shoot?
Thanks highly appreciated your response po.
anung sasakyan pag kagaling sa sm north.?thanks balak sna pumunta this week..
SM Fairview/Lagro/Almar/ Lahat po ‘yan dadaan ng Commonwealth highway. Baba ka lang ng Pearl Drive. Malaking sign na Pearl Drive ang nandoon, kaya sigurado ay di ka makakalagpas.
binalik napo ba ang paintball sa ecopark? kc 2013 pa sinara..baka open napo ulit for public? ty
Hi! Thank you po for this post. I just want to ask po if ganun padin yung mga rates until now? Thanks po and God bless!
Hi, i just want to ask how can i get eco park if im from cubao?
from edsa-cubao, ride a bus going to sm fairview, tungko or sapang palay.
hi ms alea…..ask ko lng po paano pumunta sa la mesa eco prk pg galing divisoria…..malinis din ba pools nila dun…?..thanks and godbls……
Hi. Sakay ka ng bus or FX pa Fairview, then sabihin mo ibaba ka sa may La Mesa Ecopark. Then trike na papunta sa loob. Nung pumunta kami, malinis naman. Ewan ko lang ngayon. 😀
hi .. open po ba ng march 24 2016 ang la mesa eco park .. kc duon namen balak pumunta ng family ko sa holy week for vacation pra hindi po malaki ang gastos ..
Sorry for the late reply. Nakapunta kayo?
Ask ko lang po kung saan po ba may sakayan ng jip papuntang ecopark kung manggagaling ako ng novaliches bayan. Thanks
Sakay ka ng anything papuntang Quiapo, Ayala, Baclaran, o any pa-South bus tapos pababa ka sa driver sabihin mo Ecopark. From there, trike ka na pa loob.
Hi ask ko lng if ever ba mgdala ko ng tent puede thank you po… 🙂
Sorry for the late reply. Nakapunta kayo?
Thanks for posting this. I am planning to go there with my bestfriend 🙂
Tanong ko lang po, pwede po bang magdala ng pagkain sa loob? O kaya mag grill? Please reply po…. Thank you! ??
hi aleah! thank you for very impormative blog. anyway my partner and i are planning to get married early next yr. and eco park pavilions are on our lists the thing is im not sure kung may space or room sila for the people involve sa wedding if ever na wala meron ka ba maisasuggest na pwede irent n place for preperations like doing the make ups… i dont know kasi if may malalapit na hotels around eco… sorry once p lng kasi aq nakarating don and i dont have idea talaga hope you can help me. thank you! 🙂
pwede ba mag overnoght camping jn kasi nag hahanap ako ng loc sa qc na pwede mag camping ng over night alam mo yun maam ihaw ihaw hot dogs marshmallows nature un ganon. pati malapit lang
Hi ms. Aleah my bayad po ba photoshoot ng pre nup? At May room po ba jan na pwede pagbihisan?
May mga CR naman but I’m not sure about a prenup. Siguro kung walang masyadong equipment pwede. To be sure, call them, their number is in my post.
Hi! Just wanna ask kung gnon padin po ba ung mga fee? 🙂 and kung open po kaya to sa June 5? atsaka pano po pumunta sa lamesa ecopark kung galing sa Novaliches Bayan? Thanks in advance! 🙂
Yes, they should be open on June 5. From Nova Bayan, sakay ka kahit anong pa-south, e.g., Cubao, Baclaran, Ayala, etc. Dadaan naman lahat yan sa Fairview.
Hi tanong ok Lang po Kung may camping site po dyan.pede ring pro bang overnight. Thx po
Hi Ron. Di ko lang sure if pwede mag overnight. Can you call them? May number sa post ko. And let us know ano sabi nila.
thanks for the informative article. just wanna ask if pwede po mag picnic inside the park? thanks in advance 🙂
Hi Lara. Pwede naman mag-picnic. Daming nagpipicnic dun.
Hi,ask ko lang po kung pede ba magpa wedding pre nup jan sa eco park? Meron bang babayaran if ever.tnx
Ang alam ko walang bayad. Nag photo shoot kami wala naman sumita 🙂
Hi! Ask ko lang kung merong catholic church near Eco Park and kung san?
Plan kasi nmin magsimba muna bago mamasyal. Thank you! 🙂
hi miss aleah. ung group po namin nag babalak ng group tour kasi Project po, tanong lang po kung may discount sha pag maramihan .. at kung Same price pa din ung entrance fee’s and activity fee’s ?? thank u and God Blessed 😀
Hello po. Paconfirm ko lng po kung bukas pa hnggng ngaun? 🙂
Yes, of course. The things you can do there may have changed though. Let me know. 🙂
Is there a parking area there?
Yep, it’s a huge place. I’m not sure how much the parking fee is though.
Hi Ms. Aleah! Thanks for the infos! I’ve been to Eco Park 2 or 3 years ago with my sister and her friends. We just had a one day photoshoot (various cosplay characters). I invited my boyfriend to go there and I didn’t know that there were other fun activities to do. Balak lang kasi namin magpicnic 🙂 At least may idea na kami what to do and how much to spend.
Have fun at the ecopark!
@ Teresa Garcia: Did you get to go there?
Good morning ,,is eco park open today and the rest of holyweek?
@ Sel: Sorry for the late reply. I hope you called the number of La Mesa Ecopark? It’s in my post
@ Rosse: Yes, I’m sure there are a lot of people who go there during weekends and holidays.
Hi! Balak naman magswimming dyan on Sunday. Marami po kayang tao since summer na? 🙁
and ms aleah, panu po pumunta sa eco park galing mrt shaw boulevard station? hope you reply thanks..
Good morning po ms.aleah ask ko lng po kung open po ba this week eco park,swimming pool and zipline this wed or thur? and same rates parin po yung entrance at pool? and until what time po open? thanks.
@ Redenne Tadeo: If it doesn’t scream: COMMERCIAL PHOTOSHOOT! it should be okay. 🙂
@ Shiela: Sorry for the late reply! Yes, it’s open.
@ Nica: Nope, don’t think so. Maybe you could call and ask to make sure?
Hi pde kyng jan n mgluto like mggrill hahaa
open po ba sa december 24 ang eco park? thanks.
@ Jan: I think you’re talking about Nuvali in Laguna. The ecopark in Quezon City is not that big.
Good day Aleah
Is this the same Eco park with the Mountain Bike trek… I have been looking for a nice place and saw some pictures and not sure if it is the same. Want to plan a trip with my friends and do some ofroad Treking. Do you have a phone number as i heard you have to book in advance fro the MBT. Regards
@ Liza: Yeah, I think so. If things have changed, will you let me know here? Thanks!
@ Vina: Yep 🙂
@ Kim: Pag informal lang, oo. Pero I think you would need a permit pag formal na–with lights, photographers, make-up people, etc.
hi aleah..updated po ba ung mga rates mo ngaung 2013?..
and ung mga act. na open?..
thank u 🙂
Ms aleah, kung speed light lng po na may maliit n puting payong ang dala namin? Wala pong bayad? I hope you masagot po nyo agad…salamat po
.. pweede po ba mag photoshoot jan sa eco park ??
aleah.. updated b rates mo dito?
@ Vhalsky Ramos: Sorry, I just read your comment! You can bring your own bike, yes, but I’m not completely sure about the sidecar. Perhaps call them? The number’s at the end of my post.
Hi Aleah, Pwede bang magdala ng bike na me sidecar diyan para dun sumakay ang senior citizen na mother ko at pwede bang gamitin ang bike para mamasyal sa lugar.
o me designated area lang ang me dalang sariling bike?
@ Jhen Camposano: Sorry, I’m not sure. Can you call the number I wrote in the post?
@ Ceasar: Nope, I don’t think so. Bring cooked food instead.
@ Ace: Yes, of course 🙂
Hi Aleah, just want to ask. Open ba ang Eco Park during weekdays?
hi ms aleah….as of now meron na kayang souvenir dun na pwdeng mabilhan?
@ Alal: Same entrance fee, and yes, there are food stalls there.
Pwede po bang mag ihaw ihaw ka sa eco park?
Hi, I am planning to go sa Eco park with my friend. Magkano na kaya entrance fee ngayon? And may mabibilhan na ba ng foods sa loob?? tnxxx 🙂
@ Cripher: Sorry for the delay. Yes you can take pictures there. There’re no off-limit areas as far as I know. As long as you don’t bring a whole crew of photographers with lights, it should be fine.
@ MJ: Thanks much hehe
@ Joseph Hipolito: They have bike lanes so it should be safe. Check it out first though.
Hello there, very useful blog mo ms. Aleah, balak ko mag bike dyan, safe kaya kahit maulan?
hello !!! 🙂 you really inspire me 🙂
Hi aleah.. it is a very interesting blog you got there. um.. balak sana namin mag photowalk ng girlfriend ko sa La mesa eco park. ask ko lang if may mga area ba dun na bawal ang magpicture? sorry for the dumb question but i hope you respond. 😀
@ Sheena: Same rates, but in the pool you have to wear a swimsuit. No maong. 🙂 The last time I was there, there was no souvenir stands and only a few food kiosks. No Jollibees. 🙂
@ Wayne: Yeah 🙁 They replaced it with archery and bungy jumping.
Too bad the wall climbing and the paintball is not there anymore 🙁
pahabol pung question….
mai mga foodchain puh vah dun sa loob ng ECO PARK…
and mai mga souvenirs din vah nua pedeng mabili din….
THANKZ AND GODBLESS!!!!!
@ gud day!!
just wanna ask cung ganun prin vah ang rates sa entrance sa eco park…
and sa swimming dun pwede vah ang maong short????
puede pu vang sa grass nlang came magpahinga at wag ng magrent….
@ Rubie: Yeah, go there. It’s a nice place for a picnic.
@ Laica: From Monumento, punta ka ng SM North. May mga jeep dun papuntang Fairview. Sabihin mo lang ibaba ka sa sakayan ng tricycle papuntang La Mesa Ecopark.
pano po pumunta pag galing ng Monumento, Caloocan? salamat po.
hi ms. aleah!so nice reading your blog.helps me a lot to get more about ecopark. sana makapunta din ako with my friends! thank you:)
@ Imee: Sorry for the delay in responding. If you can see a bus going to Fairview from Parañaque, take that and tell the driver you would like to get off at the Ecopark. You will be dropped off at the tricycle terminal. Take the tricycle to go to the Ecopark.
hi. ,panu po pumunta jan eco park. .taga paranaque po ako. .tnx po
@ Clai: Am not sure if pwede mag-camping. Do call them at 430-4051, 430-5207. Entrance is P20 for QC residents, P50 for everyone else.
@ Rowena: I think not, but call them to make sure. 430-4051, 430-5207.
@ Mian: Swimsuit 🙂
good evening po.. ask ko lng po if alam nyo po ung dresscode sa swimming area??
gud eve po mam ask ku lng po kng open kya ang la mesa eco park s good friday? as in 2mrow?
Wow! I’m just surfing for the ideal activities this holy week na nde gagastos ng malaki at ang gusto ko is nature tripping. well, thank you for your blog aleah it helps us a lot. we will planning to go there this holy week. pde bang magadala ng tent doon? saka how much ang entrance? 🙂
@ Eric: As far as I know, the rate’s the same.
@ Karlo: Sorry I don’t think there’s a hotel in the Ecopark.
excuse me mam pero may room po ba na good for two sa la mesa eco park ?
Thank you so much for the prompt answers.
BTW, yung bang rate is same pa rin ba? like yung naka post dito
@ Eric: Baka, but the place is big naman.
Marami kayang tao on Dec 29 or Dec 30?
@ Eric: Yes, it’s free. You don’t have to spend anything (aside from the entrance fee) if you don’t take on the rides.
Free ba ang picnic area (grassy ground)?
Sorry for the extremely late replies!!
@ Judy: Thanks for dropping by! Hope you enjoyed your time at the Ecopark.
@ Cheryl: Haven’t dropped by there recently so I don’t know. Sorry!
@ Yzza: I saw some, but better call them first before you go. +632 430-4051 and +632 430-5207
pwede ba ang dogs sa loob ng la mesa ecopark?
Hi Aleah:) I had been there in Eco Park 3 yrs. ago, & we’re planning to go there with my office mates.. may nakita akong hanging bridge, sa site, at sabi ng office mates ko, ginagawa pa daw yun, is it already done na kaya as of now? ..
This is very helpful….i am convincing my husband to go to Eco Park and bring our little boy. now I can tell him all the amenities we can all enjoy. Thanks.
@ Zorlone: Well, not much to eat there, so better bring your baon!
Interesting blog.. I travel by myself all the time too and have been enjoying it. Of course, the fun of being with friends can’t be replaced.
Good post on the Eco Park. My friends and I are planning to have a picnic there. Would probably take pictures more than spend the time eating. he he.
@ Trixie: Yes of course there’s a shower room/toilet where you can rinse and change your clothes before and after swimming. 🙂
Hey, my restroom ba jan kung san pwede mag banlaw after swimming? Thanks
@ Jennifer: Di kailangan magpa-reserve. Punta ka lang!
panu magpa’reserve s eco park?
@ Enzo: Of course you can enjoy it even if there are only two of you. Iba iba ang prices ng attractions. Ang pool ay around P80 each. May zipline etc. So gagastos kayo talaga pag iaavail nyo lahat. I suggest pili lang kayo ng activities for one day tapos balik na lang some other day. Yup, am sure madaming madaming tao sa holy week!
HI ALEAH… SANA MABASA MO PA TONG POST KO HEHE… UHM ASK KO LANG KUNG DALAWA LANG BA KAMI NG MHINE KO N PUPUNTA SA LAMESA PARK, MAAVAIL BA NMIN ANG LAHAT NG AMMENITIES NILA DUN? TSAKA PARA MALIBOT AT MAEXPERIENCE LAHAT NG AMENITIES SA LA MESA PARK MAGKANO KAYA ANG BUDGET NA KELANGAN? AND LAST QUESTION: BKA THIS HOLY WEEK KASI KAMI PUMUNTA DUN, SO WHAT TIME KYA MAGANDANG PUMUNTA AT MARAMI KAYANG TAO BAG HOLY WEEK? THANKS ALEAH HOPE YOU WILL RESPOSNSE TO MY QUERY REGARDING THIS. AND THANKS FOR THIS IMPORMATIVE DETAILS ON WHAT TO DO AT LA MESA ECO PARK… MORE POWER AND GOD BLESS…
@ Maya: There was no minimum number of people when we went there early this year. There were only a few of us and we got to ride the zipline and wall climb. Children can also climb the walls and use the zipline. We saw a lot of kids lining up for those when we were there.
pede ba khit konti lang kau sa adventure zone? i heard kc na minimun of 30 pax daw dapat.. gus2 tlga ng daughter ko try ung zipline kaso if ever 3 lng kmi ng daddy nia.. tsaka my age limit ba s mga activities don, 7 yrs old lng kc ung daughter ko.. tnx!
@ aa: no limit on the number of players. individual naman ang payment. pwede nga 2 lang kayo eh hehe
ilan ang players per game sa paintball? =)
@ Dizi Izle: This blog is less than 2 years old, but I’ve been blogging since 2007 🙂
@ Liza: Yes, picnicking in the park is also very good. It’s cool there because of all the trees.
@ Jhay-ar: The Ecopark is open 7 days a week, from 8am to 5pm.
pwede ko po bang malaman kung ano pong available na araw pwedeng pumunta sa ecopark at ano din oras ang bukas at sara.. thanks. ^^
Yes, the park is indeed nice but when we went there, we just stayed in one place lying down while my nephew & niece were running around the place.
This is what I missed when I was assigned in Makati more than 15 years ago-to visit this place. Hindi man lang ako dinala ng wify ko dyan na siya ang resident dyan. But anyway, probably I could visit that place if given a chance this year. Nice website Aleah….
Thanks. I think La Mesa is under-appreciated. I’m sure you and your wife would love hanging out there. There’s no shortage of things you can do 🙂
wow, my wall climbing at paintball pala sa La Mesa Ecopark, same as you, akala ko park din lang to 🙂 thanks for sharing Aleah..