Banisters being sanded
Since 2017, the Fundación El Caño team has been hard at work bringing the El Caño Archaeological Park improvements project to reality. Our goal is to make the history of Panama come to life for anyone visiting the park. The first phase, creating a space to exhibit the artifacts, involved obtaining architectural plans for the renovations of the museum building and the construction of new restroom facilties. We then had to obtain the permits from the National Cultural Institute and then quotes for the work. As we wanted the community involved in this project, local workmen were hired for the job. Then we had to prioritize what we could do with the funds we had. Unfortunately there were not enough funds to build new restroom facilties as drawn up by the architects so the decision was made to improve the faciltiies that were already in the park.
During the course of 2017 funds were raised to have exhbit tables for the museum exhbit to be constructed and museum appropriate track lighting to be installed.
In early 2018, the purchases of the materials were made and the work began in February. For two months, the Fundación El Caño team worked with the contracted construction people to complete the renovations of the museum building before the rains began again. Some of the work compelted included rebuilt front steps, repairs and treatment to the roof for leaks, repairs and painting to the interior and exterior walls of the bulding, and a drop ceiling was installed inside to allow for the new lighting and air conditioning to be installed. All of the wood work around the windows, the doors and the bannisters were sanded, treated and stained. The exterior of the building was painted in a two color scheme that more in line with the tradition of the area. At the same time the restrooms were given a facelift with new doors, plumbing fixtures and paint. They were made safer with rebuilt stairs and handrails.
While the renovations to the museum were not fully completed, it is in an appropriate and safe condition for a small exhibit of artifacts discovered in El Caño. Some of the items still left to finish include repairing the flooring and steps of the back deck, installing a ramp for disabled visitors and a deck to connect the museum and the restroom facilities. Once additional funds are raised those items will be completed.
The work continues and we are looking forward to the exciting day when we can have an opening of the El Caño necroplis artifacts.
work being done on the restroom facilities
Drop ceiling being installed
Working to remove the rust from the window bars
Before and after interior of museum building
Before and after of the exterior of the building