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Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Featured, Places to go, Things to do | 29 comments

Tarlac Recreational Park

Tarlac Recreational Park

Let’s have a sports party!

Well at least that’s what my sister and I wanted. So we sent out invites to friends to come along with us to Tarlac Recreational Park or TRP (officially called Jose V. Yap Sports and Recreational Complex). It’s a 78 hectare hilly terrain with different sports facilities such as football fields and courts for basketball, volleyball and sepak takraw. What’s amazing is that you can enjoy

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Tarlac Recreational Park, with its sports facilities, has already hosted the Palarong Pambansa 2010 and CLRAA (Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association) 2009.

Tarlac Recreational Park, with its sports facilities, has already hosted the Palarong Pambansa 2010 and CLRAA (Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association) 2009.



I’ve been there several times and have been impressed with its continuous development. My first few visits in 2011 did not include a lot of activities. I mostly ran the tracks with some friends. My second visit involved a picnic with friends before a white water kayaking adventure (not in the same place). But as of today, there are more available things to do.



Beginners to professional runners will love this place like I did (a casual runner). They have an Olympic-size oval where one can comfortably practice different kinds of runs since the rolling terrain provided goes uphill and downhill. I also went trail running before and enjoyed wandering with pleasant landscape views.

I enjoyed my training because of the scenic views, clean air, and great company.

I enjoyed my training because of the scenic views, clean air, and great company.

The Olympc-size oval made me feel like a pro runner.


I always see bikers in the area whenever I’m in San Jose. This gave me an idea to invite my biking friends over. Ronnie and Robbi rode from Tarlac City to TRP and for their round trip, it took them an estimated distance of 26km. I asked them how come bikers like the place, Ronnie shared four points.

  • The road is challenging because of the steep hills.
  • Bikers run on asphalt road which provides a nice ride.
  • There are no heavy vehicles in the road, adding safety for beginners and professional bikers.
  • The destination has a rewarding view.

Aside from road biking, mountain biking is also possible with its vast and various terrains. Bikers should also be excited with the BMX track in progress.


The complex also provides a grass field which enables visitors to play soccer. I’m not a soccer player but our friends: Dan, Rafael, and Francis are so they played on the greenery. With the luxury of space that the place provides, who wouldn’t enjoy kicking the ball as hard as you can and still see where it’ll go. However, Daniel said the soccer field could use a permanent marking. Plus, better grass management for a better playing experience if it can’t afford an artificial turf yet.

4X4 Ride

When I saw their ATVs (all-terrain vehicle) near their office, I had a feeling they had started to rent it out. Oh joy! I was right. I’m so happy because I have always wanted to ride one. However, we didn’t rent the ATVs that day. Instead, we rode on Daniel’s Nissan Patrol off road to explore the area beyond the lake. It was fun following the tracks made for the ATVs and seeing running random farm animals roaming around. Unfortunately, the sun started to set so we headed back to the city for dinner.


We had limited time in TRP so were unable to try all the new activities. Upon getting the TRP’s info sheet, I’ll definitely go back and make sure I experience the others.


TRP can provide a friendly camping environment for beginner campers. They have source of water, toilet, and tents for

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rent. You can bring your tent too. Since I haven’t camped out before, I hope I can arrange one with a beautiful full moon and sparkling stars in a clear night sky.


I’ll practice swimming in TRP next time since I don’t know how to seriously swim yet. They were just constructing the pool for kids the last time we went there. I didn’t notice that the pool had an Olympic standard! Cheers to that. TRP is not only for the serious athletes but also for those who are looking for fun.

More Water Sports

Kayaking in TRP lagoon offers calm and steady ride (compared to Rapid Stream’s adrenaline pumping white water kayaking). They also have pedal boat for rent for those who don’t want to paddle. People now can also fish here and bring home four big fishes! Surely, my little cousins from Australia will love these activities once they arrive on April.

Other Amenities

For those looking for picnic grounds or a lazy day with nature, TRP rents out cottages, tables, and chairs. I suggest that you have your picnic anytime except 10am to 3pm where the sun shines the strongest. It can get pretty hot.

They also have the pavilion, PA (public announcement) system, and projector & widescreen for rent for special occasions.


  • Is it for free?

Entrance is for free but activities are not.

  • How much will it cost for the activities?

It depends on what activity and how long you’re going to use the facility or equipment. Learn more by checking out this page.

  • How to get there?

As of now, the easiest way is via a private car. I don’t know any public transportation directly going or passing by TRP (except maybe if you hire a PUV). Here’s a map.


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  1. What time does TRP open and what time does it close?

    • Hi Katrina! Actually they don’t have strict opening and closing hours since it’s an open park. But if you’re going to avail their services (like renting kayak, bike, ATV,etc.), time is 8am-5pm. Swimming is up to 9pm. Hope that helps!

    • Hi! Is TRP a nice place to shoot for prenup? How much will it cost if we avail some of their services like biking, kayaking etc.?

      • Hi Jhen :) Yes, TRP is a good place for prenup! I’ve seen photoshoots in TRP already. You’ll see the rates here for the activities and equipment for rent. Do check out the rock formations in the bike trail in TRP. It’s a quite a walk but I think it’s worth it! Cheers!

        • What if we don’t use trp’s amenities and services,what if we just photoshoot around, is it free for prenup? And what is the best time for prenup shot?

          • Currently, TRP is not yet imposing payment for any entrance fee or charges for activities like that. Just make sure the admin knows what you’re doing as you guys are still in the premises. You will also have to do your own crowd control and not deprive other guests from using amenities such as swimming pool if you decide to shoot in that area. I’m not an expert in photography but I suggest you go there early morning or late afternoons for you shoot :)

          • Hi carmela. If we choose TRP as our prenup location, who will be the person in-charge for the venue? Thanks.

  2. Yes, thank you!

    A few more things though, can we get there by commuting? And they’re open everyday right?

    • Yes you can :) Go to Tarlac City terminal, near McDonalds area. There you will find jeepneys going to Villa Aglipay (town in San Jose). Just ask the driver to drop you off in the TRP entrance. You’ll have to walk for only about 700m to get to the main office.

      Ask them about the schudule of the jeepneys going back to the city to make sure about your timetable :)

  3. my mTB team is planning to have an overnight stay and a whole day mtb ride at trp. Would it be possible? Please provide details of accommodation and bike trial route and map. Thanks

    • Hi Jun :) TRP can provide the campsite and you can rent the cottages available. However, accommodation facilities are still on the works. Regarding route maps, they will be released on Monday in the Tarlac Mountaineering Club facebook account. Are you joining Karera Para Sa Klima III?

  4. Hi Carmela~

    I am planning to have a picnic date or a camping with my fiance. Is it open 24/7?

    • Hi Lyndi! Yes you can have a picnic and stay overnight (or more) in the place if you wish to. Kindly contact Nat De Jesus if you’re arriving in the place after 5pm anyday at 0915 944 2224. He’s in charge of the place :) Cheers!

  5. Good afternoon. May bayad po ba ang pag gamit sa mga pool? If yes, how much? And magkano rin po ung mga cottages?thank you!

    • Hi Zyren. Swimming pool entrance for adult is 100/head and for kids is 50/head. Cottage is 200/Unit. Rates are available here :) Enjoy your visit!

  6. Hi Carmela. I’m planning to have a vacation next year back home sa Tarlac. I’m just wondering if we could do camping around the grass area with a little bonfire and set up our own tents instead of renting overnight? I just thought that it would be more fun that way. Bothered lang ako kung papayagan nila yung little bonfire cause I really do love bonfires for campings.

    • Hi Marinella! Overnight is definitely a must in TRP. You’ll be able to see Tarlac City lights from the camping area. As for the little bonfire, I’ll let management know about your request because as of now, they do not allow. I’m sure they can think of ways on how to make a bonfire area for the guest requests :)

  7. How much is the ATV rate as of now? Thanks

    • Hi Thus! ATV rentals are P250/30 mins :)

  8. hi good afternoon ma’m/sir.magkano poh entrance dto…what f going to stay overnight?…

    • Hi Jobee. As of now, wala pang entrance sa TRP. Per head overnight fee is 100. Camping style lang accommodation. If you don’t have a tent, they have tent for rent :)

  9. hi, hw mhuch fo entrance?

    • Hi David. As of now, there are no entrance fee yet. You’ll only have to pay for some activities that require renting or swimming :)

  10. good day!allowed po b mag-ihaw foods while swimming? may ihawan po ba sa cottage or we should bring one? thanks

    • Yep :) Allow mag-ihaw ng mga pagkain sa site ng swimming pool. May for rent silang grilling station sa tabi ng cottage. Just don’t forget to bring your charcoal. Enjoy your picnic!

  11. Hi! May I know what is the depth of the olympic pool? Thanks

    • HI Orlean. The pool is 4 feet in the sides, 5 feet deepest in the middle.

  12. Hi! I would like to ask if me and my mountain biking group would go mountain biking there all day but we will bring our own bikes and everything, will we still pay the Biking Fee??

    • Hi Kristian. No need to pay anything if you’re bringing your own bikes. Just properly register in guard post and let the people know in the front desk about your trip for safety purposes just in case someone gets injured. Have a safe ride!