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Escenario B: Centro civico en el centro.
Scenario B : Downtown civic center
A civic center for Santa Elena
Narrative related to single community center scenario for Santa Elena.
Narrativa relacionada a un escenario de centro nico para Santa Elena.
Strategic planning--Costa Rica--Santa Elena, Puntarenas
Sustainable Futures 2007
t Sustainable Futures
Scenario B: Downtown Civic Center Dara, Sam, Pete, Ryan A CIVIC CENTER FOR SANTA ELENA Scenario B was designed with the goal of reclaiming downtown Santa Elena for local civic use. The concept of a Civic Center is to provide a clearly identifiable area of local use facilities. This allows for the growth an d development of the town itself culturally, socially, and economically. This space also provides for recreation and programs for people of all ages. These civic servic es boost the overall safety and prosperity of the entire community. In addition, ex pansion and display of MonteverdeÂ’s rich culture in its downtown will attract tourists that will appreciate all the community has to offer. A Civic Center in downtown Santa Elena means easy a ccess to municipal and emergency services, a new redesigned church, and th e addition of green space and a new library creating a new safe, organized city center. The rebuilt Catholic Church will remain at the heart of the city and will accommodat e all of its members. It is designed to be the tallest building in the civic center, and is oriented at the west end of the block. With backdoor parking, three large entrances, and s urrounding outdoor gathering space, the new church will attract not only practicing loc als, but also tourists and others to view its beauty and enjoy the local culture it embodies. In addition, wide, tree-lined sidewalks will create a buffer between the church and plaza a nd the noisy street. This also narrows the main street, calming traffic, and lessening par king directly in front of the church. This newly created, pedestrian-safe space allows for con tinued local commercial development, as well as space for youth recreation. Opposite the church, lies a large building that houses a public library and community center. With a large entrance and porch area, there is space to sit and read, as well as to host childr enÂ’s programs. The community building also provides space for town or church meetings, Su nday school classes, and smaller offices for rent to local growing businesses. Expanding the Civic Center further through Santa El ena, the Municipal office is located across the street, at the old bank site. Th e new building will provide the municipality with several offices, meeting space, s torage, as well as room for expansion to better serve their growing population. An office for police and emergency services will also be housed in the municipal center in order to provide easy access to the entire community. A garage and storage space for the polic e station and municipality will be located across the street in the currently vacant l ot next to the bakery. It hosts a large space to park police vehicles, as well as Red Cross ambulances, and a fire truck. Finally, the bus station is relocated to the empty lot in between downtown and the new shopping center. This provides easy access for both locals and tourists to anywhere in Monteverde. The station will include a tourist w elcoming and information center, as well as a small history museum to introduce newcome rs to the rich region. There will also be direct access to a ticket office for locals New pedestrian corridors and sidewalks throughout Monteverde provide safe and easy circula tion for everyone. In the context of Monteverde, the downtown serves as an anchor for lo cals, as well as a display of Monteverde culture to tourists. In this way, Montev erde can preserve its unique quality of life while continuing to develop its growing touris t economy.
LONLEY PLANET 2025 MONTEVERDE, SANTA ELENA With its beautiful cloud forests and unique ecosyst em, Monteverde has been on the top of EcotouristsÂ’ lists for many years. Howev er with the fear that development would destroy the regions assets, Monteverde has ha d to be very careful throughout its rapid growth. In 2006, the paving of the main road through Monteverde marked a boom in the areaÂ’s already accelerating development. Bef ore then, only travelers seeking the unique Cloud Forest reserves would brave the rough and rocky dirt roads, and tourists looking for cookie-cutter resorts would go to more easily-accessible destinations. However once the road was paved, Turismo buses coul d careen around corners and deliver large groups of tourists to new fancy hotel s and flashy tourist attractions. The Monteverde Reserve became secondary for many touris ts to the zip lines and shopping complexes. Monteverde was in danger of becoming a R ainforest Disneyland whose property values were too high for locals to afford to live in their own town. Luckily, the regionÂ’s newly created municipality wa s determined to keep their city for its residents, and thus protect its unique ness. Today, downtown Santa Elena still maintains its quaint hospitality amongst the large hotels and shopping malls. The central plaza is full of activity, from young kids playing in the open garden, to tourists and locals enjoying the famous ice cream from the historic Mon teverde Cheese Factory. The beloved church in the center of town is enjoyed by everyone in the community; make sure to take the tour up the tall bell tower to get the breathtaking view of the entire city and surrounding area. The plaza also hosts the loca l community center that displays childrenÂ’s art and shows movies in the large meetin g rooms; a cheap, fun activity shared by both locals and tourists. The same building hous es a public library with a large porch, great for a cup of the regionÂ’s famous coffee and p eople-watching. The bus station is centrally located with easy acce ss to the center of Santa Elena, as well as up to the other neighborhoods of Monteve rde. It also houses a friendly Welcoming Center with information about everything from horse-back riding, to ziplining, night hikes through the reserves, and trips to the Arenal Volcano. There is also a small history museum that displays the regionÂ’s uni que origin that makes it what it is today. Santa Elena offers both fancy restaurants, a s well as local sodas where you can enjoy a $3 casado. And the paved road provides easy access up to the reserve, and to a range of large hotels, while the downtown still hos ts cheap pensions and Cabinas for travelers on a budget. While Monteverde has clearly gone through major dev elopment, it has definitely not lost its charm. Its rich culture is still evide nt throughout the region. The city is still very much catered towards its residents, making aff ordable, unique attractions plentiful. Monteverde has done an unbelievable job at developi ng rapidly, while not diminishing the quality of life for everyone.