Greenway line Limbaži- Katvari
During the World Tourism Day, on September 27th, the new Limbaži-Katvari greenway has been officially opened. 7km long, it connects the Hanseatic town Limbaži and beautiful Katvari lake. The greenway can be used for cyclists, hikers and also skiers in winter. It is foreseen that in the future the development of the greenway will continue.
The event was included in World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) event list as one of the activity for World Tourism Day Celebration- check it here
The greenway line from Limbaži to Katvari parish "Purmaļi" was established by EU support. Limbaži local governmnet has received funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. Project was supervised by local action group "Brasla" and the Rural Support Service
To realize the work track was stripped from the bushes. During the project were removed rail sleepers and the track improved for hiking, cycling etc. activities. The total project cost was 10 322.93 euros, where municipal co-financing was 2,645.13 euros. The part established during the project was connected to the part of the existing trail already made by local inicative group leader Jānis Krūmiņš.
Limbaži municipality is also a partner for Vidzeme tourism association in the project "GreenWays"- for more information please visit this site here
On 20th of May, 2014 the Latvian GreenWays Association (LGWA) was established , Limbaži municipality is one of the 11 local founders from municipalities of Vidzeme (Northern Latvia) and Kurzeme (Western Latvia). For more info about this activity, please check here
The future plans are to develop the existing greenway line Limbaži- Katvari and to make new one by connecting Skulte to Limbaži. (direction towards Saulkrasti, the abandoned part around 32 kilometers where around 10 km can already bee used)
Insights from history: Riga - Rūjiena railway line was opened in stages. Construction work began in the spring of Year 1923 with a track width of 750 mm, but in January 1930 passed a law which stated that the new railway had to be built as a broad gauge.
The first train arrived in Limbaži at 15th of September Year 1934, bur the last passenger train left Limbaži station on 19 July 1999. For 2 more years till Year 2001 Limbaži station and railway line was used for freight trains, after that and the station was no longer used. (Source: book " Old Limbaži ", 2008. Limbažu museum)