Business03 October 2018

Vatra Park - a family gift for the community it belongs to

A family from Râmnicu Vâlcea built an amusement park in a forest near the Nicolae Bălcescu commune, in the Vâlcea County. The park was created on the principles of social economy, being open to all and maintained exclusively through the benevolence of those who visit it

Vatra Park in Râmnicu Vâlcea

Vatra Park in Râmnicu Vâlcea

The story of this unusual amusement park begins about five years ago when a family from Râmnicu Vâlcea founded an educational association suggestively called Vatra cu Idei. The mission of this non-governmental organization is to support the rural community and especially young people from the rural areas in the Vâlcea County. The heart of the projects carried out by the association is in Nicolae Bălcescu, where Vatra cu Idei implemented several educational and social projects, promoting the principles of social economy and responsibility.            

By far, the most famous action taken in the area was the establishment of Vatra Park, a handmade amusement park constructed by the family along with their friends and with the help of people from the area. As expected, the result is not spectacular, but it remains impressive from the perspective of what a handful of amateurs managed to create just through ambition and self-sacrifice. Therefore, the main attraction of Vatra Park is the therapeutic alley, an old invention of the Vatra cu Idei Association, which was intelligently integrated into the Vatra Park ensemble. In addition to this therapeutic alley, visitors can enjoy a children's playground, a breathtaking spot, perfect for photography, an area for events, a camping area, an area dedicated to obstacle racing, while the Tyrolean completes the picture in style. Still, the attractions are only part of the experience as the centerpiece of the park is without a doubt the surrounding natural environment and the feeling of tranquility that it confers.            

Those interested in visiting the park and enjoying an intimate experience in the middle of nature just have to schedule their visit on the association's Facebook page. Of course, there is also a cost associated with access, but the sum is a modest one being exclusively dedicated to the maintenance of the park. Everything goes to the community, and the people in the area appreciate this very much. Also, the unique story of the park impressed some foreign students who came to help the association as volunteers. According to them, the idea is extremely original, and the potential of such projects is immense because such initiatives bring people together.  

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Claudu Bolcu




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