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.
The five-hectare park will have two full-sized football fields with locker rooms and maintenance facilities. One of the fields can be turned into an ice rink in winter. In addition to these fields, the park plan includes an area for versatile physical activities with a grassy area for ball games, smaller sports fields and a skateboarding site. The plan for the sports park addresses the fact that the southern inner city of Helsinki has enjoyed fewer sports services than the rest of Helsinki.
Preconstruction will begin in the spring of 2018. The first phase of the park is scheduled for completion in two years’ time, that is, in the autumn of 2019.
The sports park project is included in the sports facility construction project 2017–2026 approved by the City Council in 2016. The budget for the implementation of the first phase in 2019–2023 is 7.8 million euros. The project plan now approved by the City Council also includes the second phase, and the total funding for the 13-million-euro project will be included in the 10-year investment programme outlined in the 2018 budget proposal.
The sports park is implemented by the City of Helsinki Urban Environment Division, and it will be maintained by the sports services unit of the Culture and Leisure Division.