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Costa Rican communities benefit from enhanced urban infrastructure

Nearly 100,000 people are expected to benefit from the development of a new park in Alajuelita, a canton in the San José province of Costa Rica.

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The new Alajuelita Human Development Park is located in the San Felipe de Tejarcillos district and seeks to provide an inclusive urban environment for the community to connect and thrive.

In partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Youth, UNOPS is managing the construction and procurement process for the works, helping to ensure the highest standards of quality and transparency.

To promote health and well-being, the park will include nearly 2 kilometres of trails for pedestrian and bicycle use, six squares, a multi-purpose court for futsal, basketball and volleyball, a three-level skatepark, and more.

In this space in the Tejarcillos community, users will be able to actively participate in cultural life, recreation and sports, which reinforces the social fabric and their sense of belonging.

Nayuribe Guadamuz Rosales - Costa Rica’s Minister of Culture and Youth

The park is designed to be resilient, sustainable and inclusive, and includes a rainwater evacuation system, drinking water systems to supply drinking fountains, paved vehicle parking, and a lighting system to enhance safety and security.

“The Alajuelita Human Development Park will have social management as an added value, which promotes community participation in all phases of the project to ensure the community is integrated into the initiative and takes ownership of their space,” said Alejandro Rossi, UNOPS Director and Representative in Costa Rica.

With UNOPS support, the park will be built to meet standards of efficiency, profitability, innovation, integrity and transparency. The construction is expected to take six months to complete.

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