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Costa Rica allows reopening process for public parks and recreational facilities

Costa Rica will allow for the gradual reopening of public parks and certain recreational facilities, the Health Ministry and National Emergency Commission announced Tuesday. 

How to recycle your Christmas tree in Costa Rica

Municipalities will grind trees up and turn them into mulch to reuse them in public parks, gardens and as organic fertilizer for public areas.

Municipality of San José revives streetcar project for the capital

San José Mayor Johnny Araya said the city is currently amid the process of hiring a consulting firm to conduct feasibility and cost studies of the streetcar project.

San José to get nearly 100 new security cameras

Araya said the municipality is investing approximately ₡360 million ($647,000) in improving the city’s video surveillance system, which currently has 120 cameras mainly in downtown San José.

San José cracks down on street vendors

"We’re not issuing warnings or asking vendors to clear out. We’re confiscating all merchandise obstructing passage for pedestrians and motorists,” San José Police Chief Marcelo Solano said.

After last year’s flooding, San José officials say city is prepared for the rainy season

San José officials say they have taken appropriate measures to prevent the kind of flooding that turned some city streets into lakes in recent years.

Street fair raises funds, ruffles feathers in downtown San José

A fair to raise funds for drug rehabilitation organization Hogar Crea causes confusion downtown.

Car-free Sundays on Paseo Colón: nine blocks of fun and fresh air

Mechanical bulls? Check. Zumba? Check. Traffic? Only if there are too many rollerbladers. The Tico Times visits a Sunday fun day on Paseo Colón.

Costa Rican capital hit by heavy rains, flash floods

Heavy thunderstorms and flash floods washed away cars and flooded homes across the Costa Rican capital of San José, with the neighborhoods of Los Yoses, San Pedro, Montes de Oca and Desamparados among the hardest hit by the rains.

Don’t like public urination? There’s pee-proof paint for that

Not even the rains that have started (finally) this year seem to be enough to wash away the urine you see on the sidewalks of San José. Stained walls, that telltale smell, and sometimes the culprit unashamedly making eye contact after he finishes. San José has so far been unable to offer any response to this bane of pedestrians but a group in Germany has found a way to fight back.

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