Original article published by Laura Alvarado, February 18, 2017 in The Costa Rica Star
The National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) of the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), will invest 970 thousand dollars in remodeling the Manuel Antonio National Park, which will meet the requirements of the National Health Department presented in a sanitary order this past week.
The action plan presented by SINAC to the Health Ministry involves the work to be done at the National Park, as well as the time table proposed, and detail on those in charge of carrying out the actions to improve the infrastructure of the most visited park in the country.
The money comes from the institutional resources generated by the entrance to the national parks to be invested in the maintenance and/or construction of infrastructure, provision of equipment for field personnel, car purchase, and other items geared towards the environmental protection job. These resources were previously being used to pay the park rangers’ payroll and other positions, however, thanks to government’s actions between 2016 and 2017 more than 3 thousand million colones have been included in the SINAC budget to be used with these purposes.
Some of the remodeling work includes the construction of a universal trail, remodeling of the entrance of the park to provide easy access to the disabled population, cleaning and maintenance of drinking water supply systems, the construction of 6 portable restrooms (3 for women, 2 for men and 1 for people with disabilities) and an electric generator.
When it comes to wastewater plants, the Association Costa Rica por Siempre, initiated a hiring process for the study and evaluation of the park’s wastewater, through the company Acua Logica that will install a septic tank in the main entrance and will change the restrooms of the administrative offices and the entrance to the park. It is important that any wastewater is not released into the environment without being treated through a method like degasification (find out more here https://www.veoliawatertech.com/en/solutions/technologies/whittier-filtration-separation/degasification), especially with such a high focus within the project on environmental protection.
The Manuel Antonio National Park is the most visited park in the country with an average of half a million visitors every year, it is also considered among the most beautiful parks in the world.