The inauguration of Finland’s biggest known net climbing frame and the opening of Playground Loru’s outdoor play area are celebrated on Monday 8 July, from 10–11, at Helsinki Central Library Oodi.
The relaxed summer event also celebrates the completion of the Makasiinipuisto park and the City of Helsinki’s unique public playgrounds. The event is part of the opening festival of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The climbing frame will be inaugurated in a ribbon cutting ceremony. The frame will be wrapped with a red satin ribbon, and children and adults are invited to unwrap it, allowing children to test the challenges posed by the brand new play equipment. The climbing frame was designed by landscape architect Yrjö Ala-Heikkilä to comply with the design of Oodi and the frame’s environment in Makasiinipuisto.
After the opening ceremony, the staff of Playground Loru will hold a Europe-themed play and singing session at the climbing frame.
The opening event is open to everybody. The programme is designed for the youngest members of the family.
A relaxed summer
festival in the park invites everybody to join
The playground event is part of a joyful summer festival at Töölönlahti. The festival invites everybody to picnic in the park, to play European outdoor games, to join art workshops, and to learn how to make sauna whisks and wreaths.
There are hobbyhorse workshops for children, who can test their hobbyhorse riding skills on a course. They can also join an Earth music school for children and admire a giant soap bubble show.
Grownups can enjoy live music. They can join a traditional park workout and a 1920s-style workout, both to live music. The artists and ensembles featured on the main stage include Sandra Långbacka and Stadin juhlaorkesteri.
An urban space for diverse public events
The artwork Massa in Makasiinipuisto serves as a recreational space, as a playground and even as a skateboarding site. The artwork created by artist Akseli Leinonen from red bricks commemorates the red-brick railway warehouses that occupied the site until they were destroyed in a fire in 2006. A site has been reserved in the park for a pavilion to be possibly built later.
The area of the Makasiinipuisto park and the Kansalaistori square is an urban public space for multiple uses. The area is the starting point of the Helsinki Central Park, and it can be used for diverse public events. The area has been built since spring 2018. The construction, which at first included water mains work, interfered with movement in the area, but movement is now easy after the completion of construction.