Last September 11, 2016, we decided to spend our Sunday afternoon at Tarlac Recreational Park. It's one of my favorite places here in Tarlac. It is also the most peaceful and beautiful park near the city proper. If you're looking for a safe haven to unwind and breathe some fresh air with your family and pets, this is the first place I'd recommend!
|Archer and Mhershey waiting for Daddy's command - September 11, 2016|
|Archer, Audric and Mhershey - September 11, 2016|
|Archer and Mhershey - September 11, 2016|
|Mhershey, Audric and Archer watching a running guy - September 11, 2016|
Also known as Jose V. Yap Recreational Sports Center, it was named after a late Tarlac Governor whose dream was to have an International Sports Complex in the province. It was his son, former Governor Victor Yap, who fulfilled and built his dream on a 78-hectare property in San Jose, Tarlac.
Tarlac Recreational Park (TRP) isn't just an ordinary family-and-pet-friendly park. It has a lot of amenities for everyone - Zip Line, Soccer Field, Olympic Oval, Picnic Grounds, Man-Made Lake for Fishing, ATV - Motor Cross, Mountain Bike Trails, Air Soft, Paint Ball, Water Craft Training, Kayaks, Olympic Swimming Pool, etc.
About 2 years ago, we joined the 1st Philippine Dog Festival held at TRP. It was my first time to see the place and I instantly fell in love with it.
|Animal Kingdom Foundation's tent - Philippine Dog Festival 2014 - December 12, 2014|
|Participants with their dogs making a circle at the field - Philippine Dog Festival 2014 - December 12, 2014|
|AKF's Campaign against dog eaters and traders - Don't Eat Dogs - Philippine Dog Festival 2014 - December 12, 2014|
|Mhershey the Golden Retriever doing "God-knows-what" to Google the Yorkie - Philippine Dog Festival 2014 - December 12, 2014|
|Participants getting ready for the drill - Philippine Dog Festival 2014 - December 12, 2014|
|Mhershey's 1st time to swim (and do a "dock-diving" stunt) - Philippine Dog Festival 2014 - December 12, 2014|
|Kiro watching over Mhershey as she enjoyed the lagoon - Philippine Dog Festival 2014 - December 12, 2014|
Hey, before you let your pets do the same at the park's lagoon, I just want you to know that after this event, Mhershey developed a mild skin allergy. We weren't sure what caused it though. Was it the dogfood she ate during the event's dog buffet? Was it the water? We really have no idea.
If you're planning to visit Monasterio de Tarlac or just to have a nice family getaway without spending too much, Tarlac Recreational Park is a perfect place to add to your itinerary.
|Tarlac Recreational Park - Image Source: VisitTarlac.com|