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