Keskuspuisto – Central Park
Helsinki’s central park, Keskuspuisto, offers all the pleasures of a natural environment and excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation in the heart of the city.
In the south, the Keskuspuisto park begins in the city centre by the Töölönlahti bay and stretches north to Haltiala and the Vantaanjoki river which defines the northern limits of Helsinki. This thousand hectares of parkland is ten kilometres long and provides ample opportunities to see the rich and varied flora and fauna of the southern coast. With its varied terrain the park is home to a large selection of plants, birds and mammals.
The Central Park’s Town Planning
The area of the Central Park is indicated in the 2002 Helsinki Master Plan. The master plan safeguards the retention of the Central Park.
–2002 Helsinki Master Plan (In Finnish) >>
The City Council approved the following advisory motion in connection with its processing of the 2002 Helsinki Master Plan: " The City Council stipulates the following starting point for the further design of the Central Park - the size of the Central park shall not be reduced, nor shall any new construction be undertaken in its areas."
In 2006 the City Planning Board approved the planning principles – based on the Central Park’s component master plan and its regulations ratified in 1978 – for the Central Park. On the basis of these planning principles, town plans for the Central Park’s unzoned areas in the Maunula and Pirkkola Sports Park sub-areas will be drawn up; these areas will remain in recreational use.
– Planning principles (In Finnish) >>
– Keskuspuisto plans on the map (In Finnish) >>