SAN JUAN – The Secretary of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER), Rafael Machargo Maldonado, announced on Tuesday that, as part of the administration efforts, the Fiscal Control Board (JCF) approved the disbursement of $ 1,766,416 for improvements and prompt reopening of the facilities of the National Parks Program of the DNER.
“We are very satisfied with the approval of the funds by the Fiscal Oversight Board for the improvements to the facilities that belong to the National Parks Program,” said the secretary in written communication.
“These funds will be used for the reconstruction and repair of the parks, so that soon we can reopen them for the enjoyment of the general public,” he added.
Among the improvements to be made with these funds in the Río Camuy Caverns National Park, is the reconstruction of the electrical system; purchase of “trolleys” to transport visitors; repairs of the mechanical arms of the parking lots, air conditioners and repair of the roofs in the administrative offices.
In addition, repairs will be carried out in the Isla de Cabras National Park in Toa Baja, in the motors of the swimming pool of the Añasco Vacation Center; and the watchtowers of the spas, among others. Likewise, aquatic safety in the spas will be reinforced, through the acquisition of additional safety equipment and uniforms for the personnel who work as lifeguards.
“The repairs and improvements to the parks and spas will allow us to reopen those facilities of the National Parks Program that have remained closed due to the damage caused by Hurricane María and the earthquakes at the beginning of the year. Upon reopening, we will expand the offer of green tourism for the enjoyment of all who visit us; and in this way contribute to the economic development of Puerto Rico, ”said Machargo Maldonado.
The National Parks Program currently has 10 spas, five resorts, seven parks; and it is nourished by its own funds, generated mainly through the collection of the entrance fee and concessionaires, income that has been seriously affected due to the closure of facilities due to the damages caused by Hurricane María in 2017 and the earthquake in January 2020.