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La Mesa Eco-park description and photos - Philippines: Quezon City. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is La Mesa Eco-park.
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La Mesa Ecopark is located in Quezon City near the reservoir of the same name, which provides drinking water to about 12 million residents of the Metro Manila metropolitan area. The area of the reservoir is 2,700 hectares, of which the reservoir itself occupies only 700 hectares, and the remaining 2 thousand hectares are covered with forest. A huge green area serves as the “lungs” of the city.
For a long time, the territory of the reservoir was in disrepair due to lack of funding, illegal settlements on its shores, poaching and deforestation. Fortunately, in 1999, the Nature Watch organization was formed, which initiated a project to save La Mesa. One of the goals of the project was reforestation and landscaping. Total area in need of restoration amounted to more than 1.5 thousand hectares, and today only 158 hectares remain to be planted. The residents of Quezon are actively involved in the project and can “adopt” the tree.
In addition, the project created a public park on an area of 33 hectares, 40 meters below the reservoir. In 2004, it was officially opened and was named “Ecopark La Mesa”. All proceeds from his activities go to the protection of the reservoir. One of the main tasks of the park, in addition to organizing recreational activities, is the environmental education of children. Pupils and students use the territory of the park and its surroundings as a "living" laboratory in the study of natural phenomena and processes. In 2006 alone, more than 280 school groups from all over the country attended La Mesa.
Today, La Mesa Ecopark remains one of the favorite vacation spots for residents of Quezon and Manila. Here, on an area of 5 hectares, special picnic areas are arranged, which are never empty. Lovers of water treatments can swim in the pool with sea water. In a special artificial lake, catamarans are rented, another lake is intended for fishing enthusiasts. The fitness trail has 17 different zones with exercise equipment and sports facilities, and the trail itself leads to the forest where you can go mountain biking. Expositions of the ecomuseum introduce the history of environmental education and the nature conservation movement. Finally, the Butterfly Eco Trail is especially popular, which leads to the wonderful and wonderful world of these fragile creatures.
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