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A tourist information and recreation center opened in Volozhin

Volozhin has been popular with tourist for a long time: the Nalibokskaya Pushcha filled with secrets, the yeshibot, the palace and park ensemble of the Tyshkevichs, the silvery threads of the fleeting Berezina. All this thanks to the project "Volozhin without barriers" can now be seen by special guests: people with disabilities, parents with small children, pensioners, according to MLYN.BY.


 - Minsk Oblast was one of the first to pay attention to the leisure of people with disabilities, involving them in active life and socialization, including through tourism,” says Vladimir Potapenko, chairman of the central board of the Belarusian Society of Disabled People. - Within the framework of the "Volozhin without Barriers" project, which became the first national experience of adapting the area for people with disabilities, elements of a barrier-free environment were created at 19 most significant objects, including healthcare, culture and education institutions, buildings of state and self-government bodies, enterprises communication and catering.

The project lasted from September 2015 to July 2020. And its final chord was the grand opening of the tourist information and recreation center in Volozhin on July 17.

The guests of the event were Deputy Chairman of Minsk Oblast Executive Committee Ivan Markevich, Minister of Labor and Social Protection Irina Kostevich, head of the European Union delegation to Belarus Dirk Schuebel, deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Oleg Semenchuk and many others.

An orientation tour of the center was organized for all those present, as well as a visit to the Belokorets ecological trail, adapted for people with disabilities.

“It was created in the form of a figure eight, and has a length of 1300 meters,” says Galina Rai, director of the Territorial Center for Social Services for Volozhin region. - All objects installed on the trail are made from environmentally friendly materials that do not have a negative effect on the local flora and fauna.

There are nine interactive stands, six tactile maps of the path for the blind and visually impaired, three accessible gazebos and dry closets. There are benches for tourists to have a rest. There are also figures of animals made of wood.

A walk in the forest, thanks to unusual interactive stands, easily turns into an educational ecotourism. Here you can learn how to properly recharge the energy of the forest, meet the best singers and swimmers of the Nalibokskaya Pushcha, have fun with memory games, knowledge of animal tracks.

In addition, walking along the trail, you can enjoy the views of pine, spruce and mixed forests, admire one of the cleanest rivers in Belarus, and possibly dive into Isloch.

According to Galina Rai, the first inclusive ecological trail in Belarus "Belokorets", which made the nature of Nalibokskaya Pushcha more accessible for people with disabilities, was opened on June 12, 2018. During this time, thousands of people passed and drove along it, at the same time resting, admiring the nature and enjoying the purest forest air.

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