Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – The Amapas Neighborhood Association (ANA), known for its activism in Puerto Vallarta, has mobilized its members to tackle various community improvement projects. From highway beautification to pedestrian safety initiatives, the association has achieved notable progress in enhancing the neighborhood.
One noteworthy accomplishment is the refurbished Abedul Stairs, which had been neglected for many years. The ANA prioritized a cost-effective approach, preserving the existing layout while enhancing its functionality.
A key initiative, the Amapas Clean-Up Program, has yielded significant results within a four-week span. Dedicated volunteers and generous donors fueled the program’s success.
The program fostered collaboration, with volunteers gathering weekly for clean-up efforts. On January 13th, 15 volunteers cleared debris, trimmed vegetation, and collected refuse along a 150-meter stretch on Santa Barbara Street/Highway 200. Donations facilitated the purchase of necessary tools and supplies, including clippers, shovels, vests, garbage bags, gloves, brooms, dustpans, water cans, and signaling cones.
The following day, a rented backhoe and trucks tackled a landslide obstructing a sidewalk near Paramount Bay. Donations specifically designated for this project covered the $9,850 cost, while city officials ensured traffic control during the operation.
Clean-up efforts continued on January 20th, with volunteers clearing branches and debris from Los Pinos to Villa Sausalito. Encouragement from passersby and refreshments from residents bolstered their spirits.
Further donations enabled the volunteers to focus on the Villa Olivia and Manuel M. Ponce street stretch along Highway 200 on January 27th. Due to the need for heavy machinery, they concentrated on cleaning a section between Paramount Bay and Macuaz, collecting five bags of debris along 120 meters of the sidewalk.
On February 3rd, volunteers tackled the memorial wall. Volunteers Will Murdock and Richard Loman climbed on top of the wall to clear dry branches and leaves, making the area accessible for the rest of the group. In just 52 meters, they collected 14 bags of garbage.
Moving forward, volunteers and donors remain crucial to the program’s sustainability. Regular clean-up sessions are planned throughout February, targeting new areas like streets, stairs, and beach zones.
Volunteers are the heart of the project, dedicating just one hour each week to make a significant impact. Donors, on the other hand, provide the necessary tools and funds to hire heavy machinery for areas where manual labor is insufficient.
The program extends its gratitude to all who have demonstrated the strength and cooperation of the community.
The Amapas Neighborhood Association is the official association of residents and business owners in the Colonia Amapas area of Puerto Vallarta. A volunteer and not-for-profit association with over 350 members, the ANA was founded in 2002 to improve the quality of life in Amapas. They work to keep our neighborhood safe, beautiful, desirable and welcoming to tourists and residents from all countries and walks of life. ANA is also the official “Junta Vecinal” or neighborhood council for Amapas, the legal representative of the neighborhood to the city government. Learn more at AmapasPV.com.