New cutting-edge sports park to open in Kruunuvuorenranta

The Kruunuvuorenranta sports park in Laajasalo is almost fully complete, and many new areas in the park have already been opened for use by residents. The northern tip of the park will be completed in the autumn.
Kruunuvuori sports park
The park has activities for people of all ages and fitness levels. Photo: Tommi Luostarinen

The new Kruunuvuorenranta sports park is being completed ahead of schedule. The park has activities for people of all ages and fitness levels: the southern part of the park holds a football pitch, a neighbourhood sports site for young people with wall-climbing facilities, a scootering and skateboarding area, a multi-purpose arena for floorball and basketball, and a playground. On the north side of the woods there is a well-equipped outdoor gym. The basketball court is full length and has special Sport Court flooring. The artificial grass on the football pitch has environmentally-friendly wood chips for infill instead of the usual crumb rubber. In addition, the pitch will be frozen for ice skating in winter if the weather permits.

The park represents a new concept combining a sports park, a playground and a recreational area with nature. It is located in an area formerly used for oil terminal operations, which used to be covered mainly by crushed gravel.

In addition to the activity areas, the park has comfortable places to sit and spend time, as well as a wide variety of plants: more than 2,400 seedlings are being planted in the park, almost 100 of which are tree seedlings of 24 different tree species. In spring, residents will get to admire flowers from 5,450 bulbs. The meadow on the eastern side of the park will provide a habitat for bees, and the vegetation of the natural stormwater reservoir will filter the waters before they reach the sea.

The park’s opening ceremony will be on Sunday, 20 August from 11.00 to 14.00. More information on the opening ceremony will be provided closer to the date. The park’s dressing rooms and toilets will also be opened for use after the opening ceremony.

Construction of the northern part of the park continues

Construction in the northern part of the sports park will continue through the autumn. Contrary to previous plans, the area will not have padel courts but two tennis courts operated by a private company. Their opening is projected for spring 2024. The northern part of the park will also have an outdoor chess set and a pétanque court.

The park’s activities are freely available for use, with the exception of the future tennis courts. The football pitch may be booked for closed sessions on some evenings, but outside of bookings it is freely available to everyone. You can check bookings in the sports facilities calendar by selecting football from the menu at the top of the page and specifying the region.

“I am pleased to be able to invite all local residents to visit the new sports park. I hope it will serve as a pleasant meeting place and recreational space in the middle of the new city district being built,” says Rauna Sarrivaara, Project Manager at the City of Helsinki Urban Environment Division, who was responsible for the construction of the park.