BaNanna Park is a success story about a toxic old wasteground that has been transformed into an exciting, attractive, green haven for locals and anybody else who wants to use the many amenities in this urban park. The name comes from the big, yellow, banana-shaped embankment that makes a great skate park – and, of course, from its location on Nannasgade.
As you enter, you are greeted by a 14-metre-high climbing frame, almost like a triumphal arch. The park itself is divided into three areas: ‘the jungle’, ‘the lawn’ and ‘the square’. There are two playing fields, one with blue Astroturf and one with grass, while the big yellow ‘banana’ also serves as seating for spectators. Around the lawn runs a large, oval path for running, biking and roller-skating.
The ‘jungle’ – a cluster of self-seeded deciduous trees, cherry trees and bamboo bushes – is well named, as it really feels like a tropical rainforest. Behind this is a playground for toddlers, with all the kit they could wish for. Just inside the triumphal arch is space to sit and enjoy your packed lunch and a drink or fire up the barbecue, and admire the large gable-end paintings that adorn the surrounding houses.
BaNanna Park is both beautiful and exciting, a spiritual oasis in the middle of densely populated Outer Nørrebro. Not only does it bring a breath of fresh air to the area, but it also helps cool it down during the hot summer months.
BaNanna Park is made by Schønherr after an idea of Nord Architects.
Photo: Scanpix/Thomas Lekfeldt
DATA & LINKSBaNanna Park
2200 Copenhagen N
- Ball games, skate park, running, cycling, rollerblading, playground, table tennis, barbecues, picnicking and climbing frame.
- You must be a member of Nørrebro Climbing Club to climb here.
- The park is lit up in the evenings.
- Originally, the area was a big, sprawling wasteground with polluted soil, used by locals and institutions as an ad hoc playground.
- At one point, the land was destined for housing, but thanks to a local petition, the construction project was stopped and the land purchased and cleaned up by the city council.
- In 2010, what had once been known as “the poisoned ground” was turned into BaNanna Park.
- Pocket parks are small green areas in the city. Often created on old wasteground, they are used for recreation, generating fresh air and helping to cool the city down in the summer.
- Lawns and ‘jungle’ consisting of self-seeded deciduous trees, cherry trees and bamboo bushes.
- The park is suitable for wheelchair users, but there is no disabled toilet.
- Bring your own, but there are several general stores and other shops nearby.