The countdown has begun for the opening of the Redwood Sky Walk at the Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka. The 100-foot-high suspended pathway through the Northern California redwoods will be the longest of its kind in the western United States.
The much-anticipated Sky Walk will open to the public on May 14, with an official grand opening party happening on June 4. In development for nearly three years, the public will soon be able to experience the feeling of walking among the North Coast’s world famous redwoods, some sitting over 1,000 years old.
â€œThe Redwood Sky Walk is a tremendous new asset that will bring many benefits to our community,â€ city of Eureka Mayor Susan Seaman said in a news release. â€œBoth locals and visitors alike will, undoubtedly, enjoy seeing our special park from this new perspective, and the Redwood Sky Walkâ€™s new interpretive signage and programming will help more people than ever before to understand the delicate intricacies and dependencies of our local ecosystem.â€
In April, the attraction was tested by local citizens and media members, who had some overwhelming positive reviews.
â€œItâ€™s really high-up, I did go on the adventure leg, that was a little bit wonky, but it was totally cool, definitely an adventure,â€ said Eureka city council member Kim Bergel. â€œI am so grateful to be here, It is worth the wait and itâ€™s going to be a game changer for our city.â€
The attraction will help tourism efforts in the North Coast area, which was partially funded by the Humboldt Lodging Alliance, the Eureka Lodging Alliance and the Arcata Lodging Alliance.
â€œWe are very excited to add this world-class attraction to our community,â€ Eureka City Manager Miles Slattery said. â€œThe early feedback has been amazing and Iâ€™m especially thankful for the efforts and contributions of the projectâ€™s donors, city staff and contractors, the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation, and the many zoo volunteers who all worked so hard and made this project possible.â€
With the additional attraction at the park, the prices at the Sequoia Park Zoo will see a small increase and will differ from Humboldt locals to out-of-town visitors. Adult (age 13 and older) admission will cost $14.95 (locals) and $24.95 (visitors), and children ages 3 to 12 will cost $10.95 (locals) and $11.95 (visitors). Kids age 2 and under are free.
Here is a preview of the Sky Walk from the Lost Coast Outpost: