Eddy Alexander on behalf of the city of Eureka
A platform on the Redwood Sky Walk.
The two-week countdown is on until the much-anticipated opening of the Redwood Sky Walk at the Sequoia Park Zoo.
Starting May 14, zoo visitors can access the 100-foot-high suspended pathways through the trees, which is the longest in the western United States, according to the zoo, at just under a fourth of a mile to the end and back.
“The Redwood Sky Walk is a tremendous new asset that will bring many benefits to our community,” city of Eureka Mayor Susan Seaman said in a news release. “Both locals and visitors alike will, undoubtedly, enjoy seeing our special park from this new perspective, and the Redwood Sky Walk’s new interpretive signage and programming will help more people than ever before to understand the delicate intricacies and dependencies of our local ecosystem.”
A grand opening event is planned for June 4.
With the May 14 launch comes a change in zoo admission prices, with differing amounts for Humboldt County residents and out-of-town visitors.
For adults (age 13 and older) the cost will be $14.95 and $24.95, children ages 3 to 12 at $10.95 and $11.95 and those age 2 and under are free. The admission cost includes access to the sky walk.
The zoo — which is not only the oldest operating in California and one of the nation’s smallest but one of the few that is still publicly owned — will be offering what the release describes as “special access programs” to “ensure the Sequoia Park Zoo will remain highly accessible to the entire community.”
“We are very excited to add this world-class attraction to our community,” Eureka City Manager Miles Slattery said. “The early feedback has been amazing and I’m especially thankful for the efforts and contributions of the project’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.”