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A New Demanding Accessible Trail and Aids for Outdoor Exercise Presented in Kurjenrahka National Park

Together with their partners, Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland and the Finnish Paralympic Committee organised an accessible nature event in Kurjenrahka National Park on Saturday, 28 August 2021. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions the event was for invited guests only. 

At this event organised on the Finnish Nature Day, the new accessible services of the National Park were launched together with target group representatives. The participants were introduced to Karpalopolku, which is a new demanding accessible trail in Kurjenrahka National Park. They also tested different aids for outdoor exercise and learned wilderness skills. 

A woman stands on the trail in front of the sign and uses the phone.

The event was organised by Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland and the Finnish Paralympic Committee in cooperation with Malike, the Finnish CP Association, Turku CP Association, wilderness guide students at Axxell institute, the Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired, Neuroliitto Association, Southwest Finland Association of the Visually Impaired, Iloski, the Villimartat group of the Martha Organisation of Turku and wilderness guide entrepreneurs.  

The event was attended by members of various associations of those with reduced physical functional capacity, sensory impairments or developmental disabilities. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the event was organised for a limited group of invited guests.

The event was part of the Finnish Paralympic Committee’s Hyvät muuvit project, which promotes the participation, mobility and physical activity of adults who live in sheltered housing and need support measures, and the international Nature Access to All (NatAc) project, the aim of which is to develop accessible tourism in Latvia, Estonia and Finland. Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland built Karpalopolku trail in Kurjenrahka National Park as part of the NatAc project. This 1.7-kilometre trail is demanding but accessible, and in addition to persons with reduced mobility, an effort was also made to take the visually impaired into consideration. The NatAc project is funded under the EU’s Central Baltic Interreg programme.

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There is an accessible lookout place at the edge of the mire.

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