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Contact: Yanira Martinez, 787-729-6777
San Juan- The San Juan National Historic Site (SAJUNHS) informs the public that the grounds of Castillo San Felipe del Morro will be partially closed to the public for the duration of the San Sebastian Festival from January 17, 2018 to January 21, 2018, from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am. In addition, the park will be closing the tour buses parking lot in the Castillo San Cristobal Visitor Center during the festival. These measures help ensure the effective protection of the fortifications and keep our visitors and staff safe.
Unfortunately, each year during the festival, the park experiences an increase in acts of vandalism that range from graffiti in the historic walls to actual destruction of park property. The amount of people visiting Old San Juan also creates a problem with trash disposition. “This partial closure will help protect historical and cultural resources as well as the lives of the thousands of visitors who will be at San Juan for the festival. Even with the cooperation of the Municipality of San Juan and the Commonwealth, the impacts to our resources are significant”, said Acting Deputy Superintendent Mark Musitano.
“After Hurricane Maria we have seen an increase in graffiti and other types of vandalism on historic property. Besides protecting our historic resources, we also need to protect festival participants and ensure that our operations run with minimal interruptions. The Tourism Company has advised that about 120,000 visitors will be in San Juan during the festival and we want to ensure that they are able to enjoy this World Heritage Site”, concluded Musitano.
The fortifications of Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo San Cristobal will remain open during regular hours of operation 9:00 am-6:00 pm. All visitors to the fortifications and participants to the festival are welcome to come and enjoy while visiting the park and help us protect the fortifications by depositing trash in the appropriate containers and remain safe by not climbing on the walls.
Additional information about the park and upcoming activities at San Juan National Historic Site can be found on the parks website www.nps.gov/saju and social media Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SanJuanNPS and Instagram: sanjuannps
San Juan National Historic Site (San Juan NHS) is comprised of Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Castillo San Cristóbal, Fort San Juan de La Cruz (El Cañuelo), la Puerta de San Juan and most of the city wall. The park is open every day from 9:00a.m to 6:00p.m, except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year’s. The entrance to San Juan National Historic Site is $7 for adults16 and older and free of charge for children 15 and under accompanied by an adult.