Green in the City
Quezon City is the most populous city in Metro Manila. The good thing is that it also counts as one of the greenest cities in the metro, thus making it one of the most ideal urban centers to live in. As a matter of fact, to this day Quezon City remains as one of the top aspirational cities to live in. Given the trend toward condominium living these days, Quezon City even boasts of its own share of expertly developed and reputable vertical communities that modern families and individuals can choose from.
Here is a listing of the parks and open spaces you can find in Quezon City, which makes it an ideal residence for urbanites seeking the comforts and beauty of nature:
La Mesa Eco Park
This sprawling 33-hectare public park located along the natural boundaries of the La Mesa Watershed is perhaps the only place in the metro that truly feels like you are not within city limits. Thanks to rehabilitation efforts in recent years, the park has thrived and developed into a premier nature sanctuary that offers city dwellers with a respite from the concrete jungle. Apart from scenic surroundings and views of trees and bodies of water, visitors can enjoy nature activities like hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rappelling and fishing. There is even a zip line and an eco-trail, as well as an orchidarium.
Quezon Memorial Circle
It is a central feature in the masterplan of Quezon City when it was the capital of the Philippines from 1948 to 1976. It houses the remains of former President Manuel L. Quezon and his wife, Aurora. Today, the national park features various gardens, markers and monuments as well as commercial establishments and restaurants that cater to visitors. There are also numerous recreational and socio-civic spaces where people can converge and interact with each other. A number of museums feature memorabilia such as presidential vehicles and personal effects of former President Quezon.
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center
The zoological and botanical garden is a 22.7-hectare area in Diliman. It features a lagoon, an aquarium, a playground, a botanical garden as well as a rescue center that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) uses as a temporary shelter for confiscated, retrieved, donated, or sick and injured wildlife. The center is also a sanctuary for indigenous plants and animals such as the Philippine deer and Palawan bearded pig, which visitors can enjoy observing.
Balara Filters Park
This park located in Pansol, Diliman covers 60 hectares and is very near the University of the Philippines campus. It is one of the oldest recreational areas in Quezon City, first opened to the public in 1953. It is named as such because it houses part of the old filtration plant that treated water from the nearby La Mesa dam. Today, the park’s administration is handled by the Manila Water Company in partnership with the Quezon City Parks Development and Administration Department.
The next time you feel like taking a break from urban living, you need not go far to enjoy scenic surroundings or a refreshing atmosphere. Right within Quezon City are valuable green spaces where you can savor the rejuvenating effects of nature.