One fifth of the surface area of Jätkäsaari – about 20 hectares – will be covered by parks. The largest green area, Hyväntoivonpuisto Park, is half-finished and, when completed, will be an oasis one kilometre long and almost a hundred metres wide, with the main bicycle and pedestrian traffic routes in the area running through it. The parks offer space for exercise, lounging and playing.
Hyväntoivonpuisto Park will become the green heart of Jätkäsaari. Once complete, the park will be 88 metres wide and slightly more than a kilometre long. In other words, it will be as wide as Esplanade Park but as large as Kaivopuisto Park overall. The park will be meandering and five metres higher than Länsisatamankatu and Välimerenkatu.
The park has been constructed to stand the test of time and designed according to the opinions and wishes of local residents. Easy maintenance has been an important starting point for designing the park area. This also impacts the comfortability and longevity of the park.
Hyväntoivonpuisto Park will be perfect for children’s games, resting on the grass and sports. There will be several children’s playgrounds in the park, some of which are open to everyone and others which are used by daycare centres. For example, the playgrounds of the Jaala and Loisto daycare centres are in Hyväntoivonpuisto.
In the southern part of the park, there will be a fenced sports field located above the underground waste collection station Rööri. There will also be a resident park in the southern part, the interior premises of which will be in the service blocks.
There will also be a swimming spot and a local sports facility at the southern tip of the park.
Hyväntoivonpuisto Park features a temperately and gently rolling landscape. In the design of the park, special attention has been paid to the landscape. The design is based on pleasant landscape spaces, series of landscape spaces and the harmonious whole that they create together. The long transverse and longitudinal views of the park are important. The views are punctuated by largish groups of trees.
The daycare centre playgrounds, the sports field and the dog park will be built slightly below the average elevation of the park.
See the plan for the northern part of Hyväntoivonpuisto Park on a map here.
Hyväntoivonpuisto Park is not only a recreational area, but also a central route for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The main walking and cycling route runs in the middle of the park and connects Ruoholahti to the sea through Jätkäsaari. There are connecting routes and various shortcuts to the main route across the park.
The routes within Hyväntoivonpuisto Park are accessible. In addition to this, there is unobstructed access from the park to the estate roads as well as to Välimerenkatu and Länsisatamankatu. From the streets, you can also reach the park by stairs. In the northern part of the park, the footpaths are mainly surfaced with crushed stone or fines, and the bicycle path is blue.
The rescue routes of the residential buildings surrounding the park have been taken into account in the planning of the park in accordance with the detailed plan.
Hyväntoivonpuisto Park will feature a diverse set of trees: lindens, maples, bird cherries, oaks, alders and many more. Trees are important not only for comfort and landscaping, but also to provide shelter from the wind. They also create a pleasant microclimate.
The aim is to make the vegetation diverse and designed to fit the overall landscape. The plants must also be able to endure extreme weather conditions. The park’s particularly highlighted features are its patches of trees and vast grassy areas. Complementary plants include ground cover shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses and vines. You will not find any high shrubs at Hyväntoivonpuisto.
There will be landscape art at Hyväntoivonpuisto Park, which can be seen in retaining walls and buildings’ walls, for example. In addition to this, the environmental artwork EVÄT is its own part of the park. The history of the area has influenced the design language and materials of the work. It shows rocky islets, the colours of the harbour and marine life.
Bicycle and pedestrian bridges are part of the environmental art in the area. The steel truss bridges have reinforced concrete slab decks. Furthermore, a massive stone work by sculptor Laura Könönen will be erected in the southern part of the park.
The construction of Hyväntoivonpuisto Park is a massive undertaking and will take years. The schedule for the construction of the park is tied to the schedule for the surrounding buildings, as the buildings bordering the park must be built first due to the differences in elevation and technical reasons. In addition to this, the park area will have to be used for housing worksite facilities for the construction sites adjacent to it.
Construction work on the northern part of the park has been completed. In addition to this, the playground of daycare centre Jaala has been completed. Hyväntoivonpuisto Park is also already connected to the almost completed Selkämerenpuisto Park with a bicycle and pedestrian bridge across Välimerenkatu.
The planning of the southern part of the park south of Länsisatamankatu is underway. You can see more detailed park construction schedules on the map above.
Saukonpaadenpuisto, located in the Saukonlaituri area, is almost completed, but the tip of the park is still under construction. Construction of the rest of the park will continue in stages until 2021, until the last low-rise blocks in Saukonkari are completed. However, most of the park was completed in 2018.
Poseidoninpuisto will have grassy areas, a children’s playground and places to sit. The surface area of the park will be 7,350 square metres. The park will be bordered by Panamankatu and Poseidoninkuja.
Tritoninpuisto will be located by the sea at Saukonlaituri. Construction of the park will not begin until the nearby low-rise apartment buildings are completed. The park will be 8,400 square metres in size and bordered in the north by the Saukonlaituri pedestrian and bicycle route.