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Observacin de la Iglesia Catlica.
Iglesia Catolica en Santa Elena Observation [sic]
Survey results of how the Catholic church in Santa Elena impacts the community and how that information can be applied to relocating the church.
Resultados de las entrevistas de como la iglesia catlica en Santa Elena impacta a la comunidad y como esa informacin puede ser aplicada en recolocar la iglesia.
Churches--Costa Rica--Santa Elena, Monteverde, Puntarenas
Sustainable Futures 2007
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Instituto Mont ev erde n rrr r15.07.07 Futuros Sostenible 2007
15.07.07 Iglesia Catlica de Santa Elena Objective In order to gain more information about the constit uents of the church congregation in Santa Elena, we observed and attended three masses on Sunday, the 15th of July. The primary objective was to gain a better understandin g of how the church impacts the local community and infrastructure, and to gather more in formation in order to project effects on a change of location. In addition, another goal was to gain better knowledge of the church programming, as well as existing issues with circulation and space. Methods Out of four group members, two were stationed insid e of the church during mass, while two observed outside activities, before, during, an d after church. In addition, the 9am and 6pm masses were observed visually, while the 11am m ass was given a survey asking where they came from, what method of transportation they traveled by, and how many members were in there family. From this data, we wo uld be able to derive the effect a change in location of the church would have on the congregation. Observations Inside the church: At the 9am mass, approximately 100 people were obse rved to be attending mass with their families. Before the mass, Santa Elena was noticeably quiet. Due to the closure of most of the shops, the majority of the people in to wn at that time were attending church, aside from the occasional tourism bus. Noise and ou tdoor distractions werent present and didnt impair the quality of the mass. Circula tion inside and outside the church was problematic. Children were observed to be playing o n the gate entrance to the church, close to the street, due to lack of public open or gathering space in the vicinity. Also, while the parishioners exited the church, the fence and wall inhibited easy flow of traffic, and caused major congestion. The church entrance is a major problematic node of circulation. Even though this mass was not as well attended, these problems were still prevalent.
Noticeable lack of pedestrian and vehicular traffic before and during the 9am mass The 11am mass had the greatest number of attendees for the day. However, the church was not filled to capacity, which was abnormal for this mass. Generally, there is not enough room for all of the parishioners to sit in t he church and circulate easily. Based on survey data from this mass, if all members of famil y were present, approximately 300 people were in attendance. Disruption from noise wa s slightly more prevalent then at the 9am mass, but still less than previous observations After mass, crowding occurred in the same areas as in the 9am mass, but was worse due to the increased numbers in attendance at the 11am mass. In addition, at the more crowded mass it becomes evident for the increased need of open space for families to gather after church, and the need for wider walkways and more shade, encouraging places to gath er after mass. Currently, there are no place for outdoor activities after church. Approximately 150 parishoners were in attendance fo r the 6pm mass. The mass occasionally disrupted by exterior traffic noise an d commotion, with the increase in population in the town for night life, and dinner. Taxis encircled the streets and coupled with the increased amount of pedestrians, many circ ulation jams were evident.
Crowding after the 11am mass Sidewalk Crowding Below are a summary of survey findings in reference to location of church members and by what means of transportation they us e to get to church.
Distribution of Transpor tation data according to town