Once there were fields and meadows here, with cows grazing. It’s hard to imagine today, looking at Enghave Park’s lawns and colourful perennial beds surrounded by tall apartment blocks at the end of the busy Istedgade. But in the old days, this area stood outside the city and formed part of the rural stretch that led down to the water at Kalveboderne. Now Enghave Park and neighbouring Enghave Square (Enghave Plads) are popular places to meet up in Vesterbro.
On a summer’s evening, children play in the playground, families gather with picnic baskets, friends play petanque, youngsters fly around the basketball court and older citizens move at a more leisurely pace along the paths. There is also plenty of space simply to just sit peacefully on a bench and admire the fountain.
The park is in bloom from early spring to late autumn. The herbaceous borders are at their most beautiful in high summer, when the colours are at their most magnificent. The park also attracts many butterflies that compete with the flowers to catch your eye.
It opened in 1929 as a public park to enable local residents to enjoy some greenery and fresh air in beautiful surroundings. It was needed. At the time, Vesterbro was densely populated and the people who dwelt in its tenements did not lead the healthiest of lives.
Enghave Park is still very much the district’s own park, so children from local schools in Vesterbro were asked how they would like the park of the future to look. The park is scheduled for a major facelift, and many of the children’s ideas have been incorporated into the plan, an attempt to ensure that rejuvenation doesn’t rob the park of its soul.
Photo: Scanpix/Pia G. Hansen
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- Ball games
- Garden walks
- Cultural events
- The playground is staffed during the day, and you can borrow stilts, balls, etc.
- Originally the area was a common, where local farmers let their cows graze in the area that runs down to the water. In 1885, nearly 500 allotments were created for the city's growing population in the area then known as the Queen’s Enghave (Dronningens Enghave).
- In 1925 it was decided to build a public park, and it opened four years later as Enghave Park.
- In the 1950s, Enghave Park's small grandstand was the venue for Denmark’s first outdoor gigs featuring new-fangled electric music and played by Ib Glindemann and his orchestra.
- Enghave Park is mainly dominated by herbaceous borders. Many of the taller trees have been felled over the years as a result of ageing and disease, but some remain. The felled trees have been replaced by acacia and lime trees that will eventually grow large.
- The park attracts many birds, including herons, gulls and small birds that fill the air with song, especially in early summer. Squirrels and foxes are seen in the park – the foxes have dens in the nearby railway track area and venture into the park at quieter times of the day.
- Suitable for wheelchair users.
- Many cafés and restaurants, as well as shops and supermarkets nearby.
- Picnic and barbecue tables.