An Anykščiai pearl – a canopy walkway – inaugurated2015-08-07
On 7 August, a unique canopy walkway was inaugurated in Anykščiai Regional Park. The inauguration ceremony was attended by minister of the environment Kęstutis Trečiokas.
The canopy walkway is 300 metres long and leads to a 35-meter tall observation tower from which visitors can observe the legendary Anykščiai forest and the bends of the Šventoji River and take a canopy walk.
“The canopy walkway is the only one not only in the Baltic States but also in all of Eastern Europe. The closest canopy walkways can be found in Germany and Austria. We can now be delighted to have a chance to look at Lithuania’s magnificent nature from a new perspective,” minister of the environment Kęstutis Trečiokas said.
The canopy walkway in Anykščiai Regional Park was built according to the project “Development of protected areas. Stage III” initiated and implemented by the State Service for Protected Areas under the Ministry of the Environment in cooperation with the Directorate of Anykščiai Regional Park. EUR 2.5 million of support was allocated for the project. The funds were used to build the canopy walkway, improve the condition of the surrounding area, and build an information centre. The observation tower is provided with a lift to ensure that everyone, including disabled people, parents with small children, and the elderly, can observe the Anykščiai forest from above.
The walkway starts near the Puntukas Stone and gradually rises to 21 metres above ground to reach the treetops.
The Aukštaitija national sash was chosen as the main architectural motive of the observation tower. Builders used 395 tonnes of metal and 1,500 cubic metres of concrete to construct this unique structure in Anykščiai Regional Park.
Access to the canopy walkway is free of charge for all visitors, except in cases where they wish to participate in a special educational programme. All people arriving at Anykščiai Regional Park will be offered to buy a voluntary ticket. The price of the ticket, which is valid for five days in one national or regional park, is EUR 1.
Public Information Unit
7 August 2015