Toa Alta, Puerto Rico
Municipio de Toa Alta
City and municipality
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción y San Fernando
La Ciudad del Toa,
Cuna de Poetas,
Ciudad del Josco
|Anthem: "Cuna de historia y de grandes poetas"|
Map of Puerto Rico highlighting Toa Alta Municipality
|• Mayor||Clemente "Chito" Agosto (PPD)|
|• Senatorial dist.||2 - Bayamón|
|• Representative dist.||11|
|• Total||27.44 sq mi (71.08 km2)|
|• Land||27.37 sq mi (70.88 km2)|
|• Water||0.08 sq mi (0.20 km2)|
|Elevation||236 ft (72 m)|
|• Density||2,700/sq mi (1,000/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−4 (AST)|
Toa Alta (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtoa ˈalta]) is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the northern coast of the island, north of Naranjito; south of Dorado and Toa Baja; east of Vega Alta and Corozal; and west of Bayamón. Toa Alta is spread over eight barrios and Toa Alta Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo metropolitan statistical area.
Toa Alta is located west of the capital city of San Juan and was founded in 1751, making it one of the oldest towns on the island of Puerto Rico. The construction of the San Fernando Rey church in the town square began in 1752. The name Toa Alta comes from the Taíno word for mother or fertility, Thoa. Over the years, agriculture became an important economic force in the area. At the peak of the agricultural economy, the town was also known as the "Granja de los Reyes Católicos" (the Farm of the Catholic Monarchs). The town is also called Ciudad del Josco. The town is commonly known by its nickname La Cuna de los Poetas, or "Cradle of Poets", due to the numerous Spanish-language poets born there, such as Abelardo Díaz Alfaro and the musician Tomás "Masso" Rivera.
Flood control project
Like all municipalities of Puerto Rico, Toa Alta is subdivided into barrios. The municipal buildings, central square and large Catholic church are located in a barrio referred to as "el pueblo".
Barrios (which are like minor civil divisions) in turn are further subdivided into smaller local populated place areas/units called sectores (sectors in English). The types of sectores may vary, from normally sector to urbanización to reparto to barriada to residencial, among others.
Comunidades Especiales de Puerto Rico (Special Communities of Puerto Rico) are marginalized communities whose citizens are experiencing a certain amount of social exclusion. A map shows these communities occur in nearly every municipality of the commonwealth. Of the 742 places that were on the list in 2014, the following barrios, communities, sectors, or neighborhoods were in Toa Alta: Comunidad Acerolas, Sector Cuba Libre, Sector La Prá, Villa del Río, Villa Josco, and Villa Juventud.
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1930-1950 1960-2000 2010
Landmarks and places of interest
- Legendary Tree Bala de Cañón
- Tomás "Maso" Rivera Municipal Teather
- Tomás "Maso" Rivera Statue
- Plaza Recreo Egozcué
- San Fernando Rey Parish
- Villa Tropical Recreation Center
- Plaza Aquarium Mall
- Valle El Toa
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Festivals and events
Toa Alta celebrates its patron saint festival in May. The Fiestas Patronales de San Fernando is a religious and cultural celebration that generally features parades, games, artisans, amusement rides, regional food, and live entertainment.
Festival El Josco or the Festival of the Mechanical Bull is held in October.
Other festivals and events celebrated in Toa Alta include:
- La Chopa Marathon – March
- Folk Music – November
Like all municipalities in Puerto Rico, Toa Alta is administered by a mayor. The current mayor is Clemente Agosto, from the Popular Democratic Party (PPD). Agosto was elected at the 2012 general election.
Horizontally divided in three, the bottom and top red stripes are double the size of the center yellow stripe. In the upper left corner is a yellow, eight-point star. The original design was elaborated by professor Herman E. Perez and adopted by the City Council in 1983.
Coat of arms
The shield in gold, a red board with a silver sword topped with a gold crown of the same metal, to each side two small shields in red, the right-hand one with a tower in gold and the left-hand one with a gold eight point star, a five tower crown lined in black with red openings. The motto is Non Deserit Alta and Professor Herman E. Pérez included it in the coat of arms so that present and future generations will remember to “not abandon higher principles and values”.
- Alejandro Junior Cruz
- Heraclio Rivera Colón
- José de Diego
- José María del Valle
- Luis Muñoz Rivera
- Manuel Velilla
- María C. Osorio
- Merced Marcano
- Secundino Díaz
- Violanta Jiménez
- Virgilio Morales
Middle and junior high schools
- José Pablo Morales
- Abelardo Díaz Alfaro
- Felipe Díaz González
- Adela Rolón Fuentes
- Nicolás Sevilla
- Tomás "Maso" Rivera Morales
- Academia Cristiana Yarah
- Colegio Doriber
Notable natives and residents
- Sergeants José Díaz and Francisco Díaz – defended Puerto Rico from a British invasion in 1797
- Dayanara Torres Delgado – Miss Universe 1993
- Yarelis Salgado – model and actress
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