Tuesday 28 September 2021

What The F**k Happened To The Sabana Lake?

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An aerial view of the La Sabana lake

TICO BULL by Rico – Any who has spent any time in San Jose will have visited La Sabana metropolitan park and the Sabana lake (Lago La Sabana in Spanish), the once beautiful lake that is no longer.

A great photo of the La Sbana lake in all its glory. Photo from Mapio.net

Only a few years ago I used to walk the park and in particular a double circle around the lake itself.

Photo from archives

La Sabana park is considered “the lungs of San José”. Covering an area of 0.72 square kilometres (0.28 sq mi), La Sabana offers green space and recreation to the residents, that includes a velodrome, soccer fields, baseball diamonds and the crown jewel, the national stadium.

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The lake is artificial. The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), the State power and telecom, provided the energy to run the pumps and operated the fountain; the Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA), the State water and sewer utility, provided the fresh water.

The ICE fountain

A spat between the two some years ago, if I recall correctly, over the electrical power to run the fountains in La Hispanidad fountain in front of the Mall San Pedro, led to the AyA shutting off the tap in La Sabana.

Since no new water is being pumped into the lake and the pumps to kept the water moving are idle, well, we see the results.

Today (Sunday, February 26, 2017), the water is a putrid greenish/brown, it smells and the water level dropped at least one metre (more than 3 feet).

Photo by Rico, taken Sunday, February 26, 2017

All I could is stare and remember what once was.

Photo by Rico, taken Sunday, February 26, 2017
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“How could they let this happen?”

Photo by Rico, taken Sunday, February 26, 2017

For some long minutes I stared and stared. Jorge, with his fishing line in the water, remenisced with me. I was stepping into an area where only a couple of years ago I would be hip deep in water.

A passerby, walking his dog, as I had done many times moons ago, overheard our conversation. Being new to the park, like I imagine many who visit today, was taken aback by our recollection of this one beautiful part of the park.

Photo by Rico, taken Sunday, February 26, 2017

What I don’t understand, the ICODER, the government agency that manages the park has not done anything about the lake.

Photo by Rico, taken Sunday, February 26, 2017
Photo by Rico, taken Sunday, February 26, 2017
Photo by Rico, taken Sunday, February 26, 2017
Photo by Rico, taken Sunday, February 26, 2017
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The small pond is completely dry.

Photo by Rico, taken Sunday, February 26, 2017
Photo by Rico, taken Sunday, February 26, 2017
Photo by Rico, taken Sunday, February 26, 2017

Article originally appeared on Tico Bull and is republished here with permission.

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