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ISEMOA Good Practice Fact Sheet

Title in original language Bezbariérová rekreačná zóna pozdĺž rieky Orava
Title in English Barrier-free relaxation zone along the river Orava
Location Dolný Kubín, Slovakia
Year 2007
Initiator City administration
Developed by
(one pick only)
  • Administration / Political actor
  • PRM lobby group
Implementation Area
  • City
  • Urban
Supported accessibility level
  • Micro accessibility
Elements of the working process - Preconditions
  • User needs
  • Legal / Administrative context
  • Current state
Elements of the working process - Policy
  • Leadership
Elements of the working process - Strategy
  • Partnerships
Elements of the working process - Implementation
  • Supportive measures
Application Field / Target area - Public Space - Pedestrian / wheelchair
  • Availability
Application Field / Target area - Public Space - Cycling
  • Availability
Application Field / Target area - Public Space - Road Design
  • Freedom of barriers
Why is it a good practice example? The activities of Dolný Kubín related to PRM mobility support are on a national scale, at a very advanced level. The town regulary participates in the competition called 'Oskar bez bariér' ('Oscar' for towns without barriers) and has had good results in several years. In 2009, Dolný Kubín was even the winner of an oscar.
Background and Objectives / Aims The construction of the recreation area was one of the first measurements of a series of measuremenst for removing existing barriers in the town of Dolný Kubín. It took place in 3 phases. In the first phase, a part of the existing walkway along the river Orava was adjusted, in the second phase this walkway was elongated and in the third phase the walkway was closed by building a circuit around a football pitch and next to the barrier-free facilities of the Koliba restaurant. All construction of the recreation area was realised by the Department of Town Development under the supervision of the Department of Social Affairs in collaboration with organisations representing people with disabilities.
Implementation (incl. obstacles, public participation) The only problem encountered during the build were trees (poplars), which were growing along the walkway. Their roots could break the surface, therefore some of them had to be cut down. Because the inhabitants of the town were accustomed to these trees and they are also protected by law, it was necessary to obtain permission before they could be cut down.

The local society was informed about the construction work in this area by means of a series of articles in the press and a broadcast on local television (a CD ROM was created that represented a series of comprehensive activities for integrating various social groups and PRM groups into society). On the national level the projected was significantly highlighted by participation of the town in the competition 'Oskar bez bariér' ('Oscar' for towns without barriers) and the consequent winning of this competition in 2009 that was linked to the series of articles in the press and internet as well as interviews for various media.
Conclusions (incl. output, analysis of benefits) Exact statistics of the use of the recreational area are not yet available. City authorities inform themselves about the use of the recreational area by direct communication and area observation and by close co-operation with local organisations associated with individual PRM groups (non-profit organisations, special schools, retirement homes...).

The use of the recreation area is not limited just for selected groups of town residents because it serves as a means of PRM socialisation.
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