Parish: Stradu Parish
Area: 17,351.3 ha
Stradu parish is located in the SE part of Gulbene region. It borders Rugāji parish of Balvi district, Dauksti parish of Gulbene district, Belava, Stāmeriena parish, Litene parish and Gulbene town. The parish is special in that other settlements - Stāķi and Šķieneri have grown into a place that gave the parish its name - Stradus. One of the largest treasures of the parish is forests, which occupy 61% of the entire territory of the parish. In the south-eastern part, the Pededze River meanders along its banks with large oak stands, receiving tributaries Akviņas, Krustalīci, Melnupi. There are three lakes in the forests on the left bank of Pededze - Lazdaga (140ha), Kalņa (120ha) and Mezīši (14ha).
There are amateur art groups in the parish: dance group "Baltābele", ocular ensembles "Touch" and "Baltābele", creative studio "Magone", interest group "Rasa".
Stradu Parish is proud of Stāķi Primary School, Stāķi Preschool, Stradu and Stāķi Libraries and other institutions operating in the parish. Several companies that provide employment opportunities to the residents of the parish and the county have also found a home in this parish.
Stāķi Sports House offers sports activities for all age groups, organizing orienteering classes, lacrosse classes, gymnastics "For your health" and various sports games - volleyball, floorball, football.
Cultural and natural monuments: farmstead "Vecdziesnieki", the birthplace of the founder of the Latvian artistic ornament Jūlijs Madernieks "Vecdziesnieki", Pededze cemetery, Jaunpommeri ancient cemetery. There are specially protected nature objects of national and local significance in the parish: nature reserves “Pededze oak grove” and part of the reserve “Pededze Downstream”. Protected trees - 14 oaks. The first 14 soldiers of the Army of the Republic of Latvia who were killed in the summer of 1941 in the Ostrovies summer camp are buried in the Pededze (former Ezernieki) cemetery.
Notable personalities: Harry Gavars (1897-1984) - Mayor of Gulbene from 1928 to 1940. Jūlijs Madernieks (1870-1950) - founder of the Latvian artistic ornament. Today we are proud of our participants in the Winter Olympics biathlete Madara Līdums and bobsledder Daumants Dreiškens, as well as basketball player Pavel Veselov and opera singer Nauri Indzer.