Central Park (Helsinki)
Central Park is a park in Helsinki
Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland. It is in the region of Uusimaa, located in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. The population of the city of Helsinki is , making it by far the most populous municipality in Finland. Helsinki is...
Finland , officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden in the west, Norway in the north and Russia in the east, while Estonia lies to its south across the Gulf of Finland.Around 5.4 million people reside...
. It has an area of 10 square kilometres. The park stretches 10 kilometres from Töölönlahti Bay in the south to the border of Helsinki and Vantaa
Vantaa is a city and municipality in Finland. Helsinki, Vantaa, Espoo and Kauniainen make up the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.Vantaa, with its population of , is the fourth most populated city of Finland. The biggest airport in Finland, the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, is located there...
in the north.
The park is not a gardened one but instead consists mostly of lightly managed woodland crisscrossed by gravel paths.
The Paloheinä forest
Paloheinä is one of four quarters of the Tuomarinkylä district in Northern Helsinki, Finland. Described by the municipality as "a place where habitation, traditional agricultural milieus, and the forest meet", the Paloheinä recreation area is the northern continuation of Helsingin keskuspuisto,...
, a northern extension of the park, is Helsinki's main center for outdoor activities.
HistoryArchitect Bertel Jung first proposed the idea of a central park in Helsinki in 1911. However, the initial proposal only covered what is now the southernmost part of the park, along with areas that are currently not part of Central Park, such as those in Kaisaniemi
Kaisaniemi is a part of the centre of Helsinki, Finland. It is located immediately north of the Helsinki Central railway station and south of Hakaniemi. The most famous part of Kaisaniemi is the Kaisaniemi park, a park covering many hectares right in the city centre...
A master plan for Central Park was ratified in 1978. A general plan for Helsinki, from 2002, kept it in force.