Re-Connecting Communities Through Trails

300 Years Is Never Too Late!

The Story of “The Pearl” of Puerto Rico

Presenter: Liz Smith-Incer, Director of Mississippi Field Office, National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program

The Community of La Perla, Puerto Rico has long suffered from being located “just outside the old city walls” and community members have felt isolated and ignored, in addition to being identified as a link in the world drug trade. Community members are now working hand in hand with the City of Old San Juan to revitalize their neighborhood, change their reputation, and highlight the Pearl of Puerto Rico, with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and intriguing historical highlights by connecting to El Paseo del Morro.

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