CB786 “Nature Access to All (NatAc)”

In 2020 a significant work was finished in Kurzeme on building 4 new accessible nature trails: the small loop of Žibgrava nature trail in Alsunga, the Stingray Path at Kalēti Forest Park, the Rowan Alley at Kazdanga Castle and the additional trail stretches at Kazdanga Park. All new trails have been constructed according to accessibility guidelines and provide an opportunity for wheelchair users to freely access and enjoy the nature.

The small loop of Žibgrava nature trail in Alsunga has been built as an extension of the existing scenic trail, which so far was not accessible to people with disabilities due to its specific relief – the trail stretches through the hilly forest terrain along the picturesque, winding coast of the River Kauliņupīte and at some points the height of its ravine reaches 15 m. Now, with the construction of the small loop, everyone is able to access a part of the trail, as well as the resting area.

The Stingray path is a new accessible thematic path at Kalēti Forest Park, where so far 3 other thematic paths had been installed – the mushroom path, the plant path and the animal path, with lots of wooden sculptures at each of them, yet not accessible to wheelchair users. At the Stingray path, there has also been several new thematic wooden figures installed, giving a possibility to people with visual impairment to touch then and visualise how some stingers (a tick, an ant, a snake, a crackling, a stag-beetle) can look like. A wooden sculpture of a snail, which is the symbol of the park, has also been installed at the path.

The Rowan Alley near Kazdanga Castle has been created in honor of the centenary of Latvia, by planting 100 rowan trees (50 on each side of the alley) and supplementing it with 15 thematic attraction stops – diverse wooden figures located on each side of the allay and allowing to learn about nature, culture and history through the five senses – sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell.

At Kazdanga Park, which is the largest park in Latvia, a new parking lot with few new trail stretches had been built, allowing for disabled persons to access and drive along the fantastic wooden boardwalk that links together the two side if the park accross the lake, with a nice resting area in the end.

At all new trails, there had been dry accessible toilets set up together with a number of other facilities (tactile environmental objects, benches and tables), thus prividing an opportinity to fully enjoy the rest in nature.

In 2021 a number of other improvements have been foreseen, including the installment of tactile info stands and signs.

The project is being implemented with support of the Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020.

Information provided by:
Alise Lūse                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Project Manager
Tel.: +371 26567874, alise.luse@kurzemesregions.lv