There are three nature reserves, a natural forest pond, nature trails and estate parks of great cultural historical value in Kruunuvuorenranta.
Two thirds of the 143 ha land area of Kruunuvuorenranta will be left undeveloped. The compactly built residential areas will be made with respect for the environment and the history of the location.
A touch of wilderness
Resembling a primeval pond, the Kruunuvuori pond is one of the finest ponds in Helsinki. This pond, which became separated from the sea about 2,400 years ago, is just under half a hectare in size and up to two metres deep. A source of almost untouched nature, the pond’s wildlife and surrounding marshlands offer a rewarding and exciting experience for urban dwellers.
The Kruunuvuori pond and its surroundings are designated nature reserves. The other nature reserves are a grove and the black alder woods in Stansvik as well as a lime coppice in southeast Kruunuvuori. The pine forest-covered Tahvolahdenniemi on the southeast side of Stansvik estate is one of the most impressive ridge formations in Helsinki.
Stansvik grove and the mining area
The nature reserve of Stansvik grove and the mining area is about five hectares in size. Filled with water, the mineshafts have been fenced off, but the surrounding nature is worth seeing.
Paths and steps have been built in the nature reserves to make walking there easier. Both the driving of any motorised vehicle and mountain biking are forbidden in the area.
A landscape of human history
The estate parks in Kruunuvuorenranta complement the rich landscape. Built in the 19th Century, Stansvik estate and its parks now serve as a public recreational area. In addition to the main buildings, the estate consists of several protected or conserved villas.
Other than the estate, there are another half a dozen protected villas in Kruunuvuorenranta and two preserved buildings in Varisluoto. Also, the holiday cabins in Varisluoto will remain where they now are. Likewise, the Vanhakylä summer cottage area will be kept and new cottages may be built there.
Alongside the estate landscape, the slightly less attractive 200-year-old pits together with the platform and sump structures of the oil docks link Kruunuvuorenranta to the industrial development of Helsinki as well as to a way of life consigned to the past.