Prague plans 30 meter tall climbing wall

The new wall is for climbing practice and will be under the Nusle Bridge

A giant climbing wall will be built near one of the pillars of Nuselský most (Nusle Bridge) this year. It will be the largest such wall in the city.

“The mountaineering wall at Nuselský most should be about 30 meters high,” Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR) director Ondřej Boháč told the press. His saw a similar wall on a trip to the Alps and designed a similar wall for Prague. The wall will be available to the public for free.

The Technical Administration of Roadways (TSK) is not allowing the wall to be connected directly to the bridge pillar. The bridge, which includes a metro tunnel, was repaired last year at a cost of Kč 280 million.

The TSK is also concerned that climbers could damage the bridge by going onto the pillars. They said the climbing wall must not interfere with the pillar, access to maintenance and the possibility of regular inspections.

Design measures will be taken to make it difficult for climbers to jump or otherwise bridge the space between the artificial climbing wall and the bridge supports.

IPR’s Boháč said the project is ready and construction should start by the end of the year. “Building it will last for two months,” he said. The cost is not yet clear, as the construction price will be determined by a tender.

The bridge already has park under it called Folimanka that has playgrounds and a sports hall, as well as public toilets.

Hidden beneath the park there is a fallout shelter from the Cold War that is open the public once a month. One of the air vents made international news when it was painted to resemble R2D2 from the Star Wars films.

The park borders on part of the old city walls and a stream called the Botič.

Nuselský most, which opened in 1973, has a reputation as the “suicide bridge.” Over 300 people have jumped from it, and likely more as the former regime tried not to publicize it. Curved plexiglass barriers were added in 2007 to hinder such attempts. In 2011, artist Krištof Kintera built a lamp pointing up that is a monument to the jumpers.

The city is also contemplating creating a skate ramp in Letná near the site of the former Stalin statue, but this will be privately funded by skating aficionados. The base of the statue, though, is in poor technical condition and cannot support the added weight. The city is looking for a suitable site in the area.

A museum of totalitarianism, though, is planned for inside the base which has large metal doors that can be opened. The civic group Post Bellum is planning the museum.

The city has been on a long-term project of revitalizing parks with new paths, solar-powered restrooms, WiFi hotspots, new playgrounds and more forested areas.

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