Amager Common is the magnificent West Amager’s busy little brother. Both Amager Common and West Amager only recently became accessible. Today, they form an oasis, playground and backyard for hundreds of thousands of people, especially the residents of the new homes in Islands Brygge and Ørestad.
Amager Common is a place to play ball, ride, run, cycle, soak up the sun, have a picnic, barbecue, walk the dog, build dens, gather berries and flowers, or just relax on a bench with a book. There are also BMX and motocross tracks in the part of the Common closest to the Zealand Bridge (Sjællandsbroen). The Common certainly lives up to its name – it has something for everyone.
In early summer, this is a wonderful place to listen to the bird chorus. You may even hear a nightingale, as several of them reside here, in bushes by the ponds. The southern retention pond is a popular fishing spot, while Grønjord Lake is a great place to picnic, drink coffee and watch the sun go down.
However, this area has not always been so idyllic. At one time, Amager was known as ‘Shit Island’ (Lorteøen), because this is where the city’s latrines used to be emptied. After that, the area was used for landfill.
Some of the waste has been used to create a large hill that offers stunning views of the area and is popular with runners doing hill training. It is actually called Waste Mountain, but is popularly known as Mount Anna.
Amager Common, West Amager and Kongelunden are part of the new Amager Nature Park. In time, even more activities and trails will be developed in this popular area.
Photo: Thomas Rousing