Over a decade long in planning and construction, the Redwood Sky Walk is owned and operated by the City of Eureka. Its grand opening ceremony featured speeches by the Eureka city manager and representatives from the Sequoia Park Zoo and the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation, followed by recognition of donors, several community partners, vendors and contractors. The Forest Four, a local string quartet, provided live classical music. (See a slideshow of the ceremony and weekend events below.)
Next up on Friday’s itinerary after the Sky Walk closed to the public, more than 20 members of the Humboldt County En Plein Air group showed up for an evening of painting the light and aerial perspective high off the ground. Several artists agreed to donate their paintings to the silent auction for the fundraising event that's since been postponed until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
A yoga class followed on early Saturday morning before the Sky Walk opened to the public. Three yoga teachers from Pali Yoga studio in Eureka led 30 participants in a one-hour yoga instruction high up on the walkways accompanied by the early morning sounds of the forest and a melodious sound bath of large gongs located on a nearby tree platform. For those wondering, Sky Walk representatives said the facility will be available for rental for special events in the future.
On Sunday, local naturalist Justin Legge of Benbow Historic Inn and Benbow KOA led participants on the forest floor in a one-hour introduction to the Japanese tradition of forest bathing and forest therapy.