Police will again create a safe route for museum light show

Museo de Niños photo
This is a photo of the Museo de Niños when it was a
prison. The structure was built in 1907 and rebuilt several
times since.

The lighting of the Museo de Niños Wednesday will once again feature the “safe route.” Officials said they will navigate the expected 10,000 attendees from different points of the capital to ensure safety to and from the activity.

“Last year it was implemented for the first time and proved a success,” said a release. “This year again different institutions in the country come together to start a broad deployment of security and control roads.”

From 4 p.m. until the conclusion of the event, Calle 4, Avenida Segunda at Banco Negro and Avenida 9 to the main entrance opposite the children’s museum will be closed.

More than 100 Fuerza Pública officers, municipal police, traffic police and museum security agents will be assigned to areas surrounding the museum.

“We are deeply grateful to all institutions that have collaborated in the organization of this safe route, which is done in the interests of the safety of the thousands of families who each year enjoy the illumination of the facade of the children’s museum,” said Fabiola Rodríguez, museum director. “For the second year, thousands of children, young people and adults may walk down the main street of access to the museum from the capital without any fear, enjoying a party atmosphere and hoping to see a show loaded with a message of love, faith and hope.”

As a prelude to the lighting ceremony, the museum will have activities along Calle 4. Children will be able to take photographs aboard motorcycles that the traffic officers use daily, firefighters will be stationed with trucks and Banco Popular will offer carnival-like attractions.

Fuerza Publica officers will provide clowns, music and dances between Avenida Central and Calle 1. Information booths will be set up as well, and firefighters will deliver prevention messages to those who participate in the activities.

Families are urged to use public transportation that drops off passengers downtown because parking will be limited.

The Regalo de Fe show will begin at 6 p.m. The show will include original music, plays, projections on the castle wall, giant puppets, and fireworks.

The museum borders an area where even police do not like to go without a heavy escort.

The museum structure was the Penitenciaría Central de San José until 1979, and the towers of the prison now give the impression of a castle. This is part of the area that will be lighted.

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