Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 09:22

Children of Laajasalo to have a new day care centre

The southeastern early-education district of Helsinki will have more space for the needs of day care and early education. A new day care centre to replace Day Care Centre Yliskylä being built at Köökarinpolku 1 will provide day care to 232 children a bit more than a year from now.

With this new construction project, the City of Helsinki prepares for the increasing needs for day care in Laajasalo and the nearby district of Kruunuvuorenranta, which is now under construction. The goal is to secure sufficient and timely early education services for the families of the growing area. The services can be easily reached by public transport.

Flexible spaces for diverse uses

Day Care Centre Yliskylä now offers day care for more than one hundred 1–6 -year-olds. The new day care centre is located at the same site adjacent to the current centre. The current building will remain in service until the new building is completed in the spring of 2018, after which the old building will be demolished.

The new building complies closely with zero-energy goals: the design maximizes the utilization of free energy from renewable sources, relying on solar and geothermal energy. The spaces will be multimodal learning environments catering for diverse uses.

Construction went underway in mid-April, and excavation and blasting will continue through mid-May. The construction site is separated from the neighbouring areas with high fences throughout construction. The pedestrian and cycling path on Köökarinpolku passing through the back of the site is closed during blasting.

The site of the new day care centre on the map

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 10:58

Online survey launched: What would the National Urban Park of Helsinki be like?

The City of Helsinki is collecting data on the areas and places that residents would like to see included in the potential National Urban Park of Helsinki. The online survey is open to all and will remain available until 17 December 2017.

The survey can be found at

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:21

Jätkäsaari to have a sports park

The Jätkäsaari district of Helsinki will have a sports park, according to a Helsinki City Council approval of 11 October for the proposed project plan. The sports park will improve the sports and recreational opportunities of Jätkäsaari residents and serve as a sports ground for local schools. The northern sections of the park can also be used by schools for their recess activities.

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 11:38

New fast route complements Helsinki cycling network

A new fast cycling route now serves Helsinki cyclists. The route ­runs along the main railway tracks. Called Pohjoisbaana in Finnish, the bikeway connects southern and northern cycling routes in Helsinki. It is a part of the network of bicycle superhighways, that is, bikeways with wide lanes and no or few stops, allowing for higher speeds and smoother rides than regular bikeways.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:07

Four groups chosen to continue to the next stage of the Helsinki High-Rise Design-Build Competition

Helsinki is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. The change in the city is particularly visible in the former harbour and railway areas, which are now undergoing reconstruction to become homes, commercial spaces and business premises. The transformation offers excellent opportunities for property developers.