Chateau Park

GPS: 49°40’0.889″N, 15°24’32.410″E

Chateau park was probably founded in times of extensive building and reconstructing work in 1871 by Count František Josef Salm-Reifferscheidt. Its area is approximatelly 16 hectares. Acccording to the trends of those time lots of romantic elements were constructed in the park: arbours, stone staircases, benches, cast-iron Devil´s bridge (by a locksmith Jakl from Světlá-Nové Město in 1884) above stone ravine under overflow of Horní rybník (upper pond), also Alpine rockery, stone overflows, pools with water-lilies and some foot bridges.

During totality regime the park was not maintained, although it was together with the castle enlisted in a list of relics in the 60´s of 20th century. Contemporary elements of romantic period dilapidated and were destroyed, the park overgrew and became desolated, instead of place of rest and relaxation the park became jungle full of bushes.

After 1989 were restitution claims of original owners refused and till 1998 there was not any physical owner of the park. The park became a property of the town and its reconstruction became a priority of a municipal budget. Total sum invested was 12 million of CZK, half of this sum was paid by State environment facility. On the area aproximatelly 8 hectars were wild bushes removed, 125 old and demaged trees trees were cut down and 80 stumps were removed. In 1999 were water systém and roads renovated, new benches and waste containers were installed. The most demanding was a reconstruction of both chateau ponds. Two bridges above newly built overflow were repaired at town´s expanses and also Rose arbour on the little island in Dolní rybník (lower pond) was reconstructed. Fund of Vysočina region contributed to reparation of a gate and a historical fence around the chateau.

With care of the town is the park for visitors of the town from close and far surrounding maintained. Chateau ponds are maintained by a local organisation of fishermen association.

They both are trying to create and maintain good conditions for recreation of the citizens not only in the chateau park but also in its closest surroundings, that means on all waterfalls of the ponds above the park.

Photo: KyTICe