The Hupisaaret Islands City Park is a public urban park in the Myllytulli district in central Oulu, Finland. The park is located in the delta of the River Oulu. The area was built as a public park in the 1860s, the first white wooden bridges that characterize the park were also built at the time.A visit to Hupisaaret Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Oulu trip maker website to plot your vacation.
Small brooks and waterways divide the park area into smaller and larger islands. Largest of the islands are Plaatansaari, Pakolansaari, Paratiisisaari, Kiikkusaari and Lasaretinsaari. The Hupisaaret name was previously used only for the group of numerous unnamed small islands in the northern part of the park, but later the whole park area was name after these islands.
The Northern Ostrobothnia museum has been located on the Pakolansaari island in the park since 1911. The first museum building, a national romantic villa, was built in 1888, but it was destroyed in a fire in 1929. The current building designed by architect Oiva Kallio has been completed in 1930.
University of Oulu Botanical Gardens were located on the Kiikkusaari island in the Hupisaaret park until 1983 before moving to the Linnanmaa campus. Nowadays the greenhouses are used by the environment department of the city. Also there is a café located in one of the greenhouses. There is a central playground on the Kiikkusaari island next to the greenhouses.
The Oulun Työväen Näyttämö (i.e. Oulu Workers' theatre) has operated an open-air theatre in the Hupisaaret Islands since 1957. The current theatre building has been built in 1987.
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Definitely one of the best features of Oulu, especially in the summer when the weather is fine. Idyllic bucolic setting with both slightly manicured and wild meadows, streams, bridges and cycle ways..... more »
A gem almost in the centre of Oulu. Little streams around the park have streaming water even in the winter time. There are even trouts living in the streams. Very popular picnic destination and good..... more »
Beautiful naturw, well kept.
A great place to go jogging/walking in the wild in the middle of the city of Oulu. Apparently, the city has invested in green areas and trails gradually. I feel that the region has become more comfortable over the years. In summer hot you can find good places for a little picnic or for sunbathing. The new Summer theatre building has also been on the scene.
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