- Improvement cost is ¢ 4.6 million
- Volunteers are high school students from Guanacaste and Puntarenas
November 26th, 2015. Starting this weekend, visitors at Palo Verde National Park will notice an improvement in the conditions of 710-meter long Mapache Trail, as part of a project involving the PROPARQUES Association, the National Park Administration and the Department of Social Responsibility at Constructora Meco.
The volunteers are 45 students from both private and public International Baccalaureate Schools from Guanacaste and Puntarenas, and they will be in charge of placing all the donated material, consisting of aggregates provided by Constructora MECO, during the weekend.
PROPARQUES and Constructora MECO have had a strategic alliance for two years, where material was provided to projects such as the Universal Path in Carara and Santa Rosa National Parks, or improvement of trails in Tenorio National Park. In total, it is estimated that the cost of improving the Mapache Path is ¢ 4.609 million donated by the two companies.
In addition to the donation of the material, rangers from different national parks have also been trained on the rights of people with disabilities through MECO Foundation, in order to offer equal treatment to all visitors.
“The preliminary construction activities started on Monday, November 23rd by a preparatory group that will later receive the volunteers and aggregates, starting on Friday, November 26th” said Rocío Echeverri, Director of Proparques Association.
“The volunteers will stay at the shelter and will leave on Sunday noon. By then, we hope have the trail fully ready, since it is in very bad condition. This is why the improvement of the trail supports the efforts the Park has been developing in the field of infrastructure for visitors” said Ana Yancy Arce, CSR and Communication Regional Manager at Constructora MECO.
Two years ago, Constructora MECO also supported the campaign to eliminate the Tipha from the Palo Verde wetlands, clearing 60 hectares of this pest with its own machinery.