Caloocan Nature Park, a hidden gem in midst of a highly urbanized city

 Caloocan City Nature Park, a  2,200 square meter lush greenery that can be found at the City’s northern portion is a refreshing treat to the residents of the highly urbanized city.

Located at Barangay 179, Amparo Subdivision, North Caloocan City, the park was formerly privately owned, however the owner decided to donate the property to the city.

Portion of the park has been renovated by the Caloocan City Government with the help of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA under the Adopt-A-Park Project.

According to the Officer-In-Charge of the City’s Parks Development Administration Services, Mr. Jesus Basmayor, collaborative effort is in the works to develop more portions of the nature park.

Aside for basking under the canopies of greeneries, residents can enjoy swimming at the Park’s two swimming pools, one for adults and one for kids. A minimum fee of P40 per head for Caloocan City residents and P80 per head for non-residents is being charged.

Function Hall that can be used for various occasion such as birthdays,  wedding is also available for rent.

Additionally, a Pavilion for seminars, trainings and other formal gatherings is also available for rent.

Basmayor said they are planning to an area that can be used as a kiddie camp site.

If you are a nature lover who gushes at the site of old trees, the Nature Park is home to, not only one, but four Heritage Trees formally declared as such, complete with markings by the Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR).

Visitors watch in awe the grandeur of Tangisang-Bayawak (scientific name FicusVarietaBluma and a Family Name of Moraceae); Narra (Tagalog name) Rosewood (English name) Scientific Name: PterocarpusindicusWilld and Family Name of Fabaceae); Dita (Tagalog); Blackboard Tree or Inidan Devil Tree; White Chees Wood (English) a family name of Apocynaceae.

The City Government plans to develop the Park some more to provide its 1,661,584 population with more green spaces in the future. (pia-ncr)


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