Elektrėnai is one of the youngest cities in Lithuania, located halfway between Vilnius and Kaunas. It was founded in the 1960s, after the construction of a thermal power plant began in the countryside. In 2000, when the Elektrėnai Municipality was established, Elektrėnai became the centre of the municipality, with an area of 2 365 hectares. Elektrėnai is situated next to the lagoon of the same name. After the damming of the river Strėva, the river water started to rise on 12 September 1961. Lakes Anykšta, Jagudis and Puikinas merged into a huge pond called the Elektrėnai Lagoon. It dammed up 10 villages. The reservoir has dozens of islands and bays. It is a favourite place for active recreation of residents and visitors. In 1976, the Ice Palace was established in Elektrėnai - the first artificial ice rink in Lithuania. In 1996, the Catholic Church of St. The Church of the Martyrs' Queen of the Virgin Mary was built in Elektrėnai. The main facade of the sanctuary features a portal with an original architectural design consisting of a high arch and six doubled crosses: this composition symbolises the seventh century of Christianity in Lithuania. The interior apse features a sculpture of the Risen Christ by Stanislovas Kuzma. Stanislav Kuzmas, the artist, is the patron saint of the Church of St. John the Baptist in Elektrėnai. The Youth Sakura Park was established at the Church of the Queen of Martyrs of the Virgin Mary. The inhabitants of the town have the opportunity to actively recreate in various areas of the town. The central square and its accesses have been reconstructed and the square on Runga Street in Elektrėnai has been renovated with a sculpture created by the youth of Elektrėnai Municipality with symbols of the city that are no longer present in Elektrėnai or will not be present in the near future. The former amusement park has been landscaped, a pontoon pier with lighting has been built on the shore of the Elektrėnai Lagoon, the shoreline accesses have been landscaped, multifunctional active leisure and children's playgrounds have been built, and pedestrian and cycle paths have been renovated.