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Community of Los Arenales Organizes Fiesta to Pave Main Road

By Emiliana García
03/22/13


Photo by Pinar Istek
Archive photo, Nosara Fiestas 2013

Even though pavement is arriving to Nosara thanks to an agreement with CONAVI, not all of the costs are covered. In the Los Angeles neighborhood, neighbors need to raise 14 million colones ($28,000) to widen the main street and build curbs and gutters, so they decided to organize a fiesta this Saturday, the 23rd, to collect the funds.

The activities of the fiestas will start midday in the bull ring located 200 meters from the EBAIS, where the Nosara fiestas are normally held. The bulls are from Finca Río Montaña.

Eduardo Cespedes, who is organizing the fiesta along with the Los Arenales Committee and the Nosara Integral Development Association (ADIN), said that, “Funds raised in the fiesta’s activities will be used for channeling water, allowing us to make a reality the long-awaited paving of our main road. Through an agreement with the Costa Rica government, our community is committed to make all infrastructure works needed while the government will send the heavy equipment, operators, tools and asphalt.”

The government reached an agreement with ADIN and the Municipality of Nicoya to collaborate with area neighbors due to the serious health problems faced by Nosarans during the summer when, according to the EBAIS records from 2012, an average of six people per month presented respiratory problems, especially children.

The works to pave the 2.7 kilometers already started. The plan is to pave from the EBAIS clinic, passing through Los Arenales and reaching the La Casona intersection (see the diagram and budget here).

According to Oliver Perez Picado, spokesperson for the Municipality of Nicoya, the mayor’s office sent a team of officials last week to perform the process of demarcation of the street. “Now they are waiting for MINAET to do an inspection in Los Arenales since some trees have to be cut and they can only be cut with the approval of MINAET. When this process is done, machinery will enter to do the work, hopefully after Easter week,” added Perez Picado. 

For their part, many neighbors have moved their fences to be able to widen the street, and owners of construction machinery are donating hours of labor of their operators and use of their back hoes, tractors and dump trucks, said Cespedes.  

For now, “our community is just covering their fuel bills,” explained Cespedes, adding that the cost is $700 per week.

Donations can be sent to account # 001-0286-448-7 at Banco de Costa Rica in the name of Asociación de Desarrollo Integral de Bocas de Nosara (please mention your contribution is for the road pavement). 
 

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