Leonidio Climbing Park
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Using LEADER support to set up a climbing park and create opportunities for diversified local economic development.
The economy of the municipality of South Kynouria, Peloponnese, is largely dependent on agriculture and tourism. The recent economic crisis in Greece had a major impact on the area as tourism suffered and unemployment increased, especially amongst young people. In order to support local economic development, the local Regional Development Company of Parnonas helped to set up a climbing park. The project financed activities such as the opening of new climbing routes, the creation of a climbing festival and the production of a climbing guide featuring the available routes.
There are now almost 600 new climbing routes opened and many more planned.
There is an increased number of visitors beyond the summer season. This benefits the wider region (food and beverage, hotels, camping, renting of houses etc.).
During the last Climbing Festival, which took place in November 2018, there were more than 1500 visitors.
Two new bars/restaurants have opened which are employing more than 10 people.