Pelle Hermanni Park
Just outside the city centre, in the middle of the national urban parklands is Pelle Hermanni Park, a playground open to all. However, this super popular park is much more than a playground. It is, in fact, a huge play world, the size of five football pitches, and there is plenty of room for fun and games. Pelle Hermanni is great for children of all ages - it will keep you entertained for the whole day! It is no coincidence that, in 2014, Pelle Hermanni Park was voted the best playground in Finland.
Explore the pirate ship, climb ropes, swing in the lianas like Tarzan, and go climbing in the Angry Birds park! The pirate ship is the landmark of the park, and Angry Birds are the latest addition to the park. In addition, you can find Pelle Hermanni’s mother’s cottage, his wagon, a small stage with seating, a paddling pool, a gazebo and a clown fountain.
Traffic Park Vinkkari
Traffic Park Vinkkari is great, children can ride bikes and pedal cars. Playing here will also teach children the rules of the road. You can borrow bikes and pedal cars at the depot. It is free, but very popular! That is why you can only ride for half an hour; they change drivers on the hour and half past. You should pick up your driving ticket as soon as you arrive at Kirjurinluoto Park and explore the Pelle Hermanni Park and meet the animals while you wait for your turn.
Animals and birds of the Kirjurinluoto Park
Kirjurinluoto Park is famous for its animals, such as young goats, sheep and alpacas, as well as birds. For more than four decades, visitors to the Kirjurinluoto Park have been able to admire the numerous species of birds. In the summer, the bird area is home to a Java peacock, as well as the regular peacock and his all-white partner, Reaves’ pheasants and Lady Amherst’s pheasants, different hens and cocks, and a collared turtle dove couple. The Kirjurinluoto birds spend their winters in the City of Pori facilities on Hanhiluoto.
The entire area of the islands in the river estuary is thought of as a bird estuary. The peacock is the most magnificent bird in the Kirjurinluoto Park. In addition to the birds in the fenced bird area, wild birds like to swim in the ponds in the park. For example, mallard ducks have taken to nesting in the peaceful park. In the summer, you can often see mallard mums taking their little ones over to the water across the lawns.
The beach and the lawns
The shallow, sandy beach of Kirjurinluoto is perfect for swimming and building sand castles. The beach is an ideal setting for picnics, beach volleyball and sunbathing. The kiosks, cafés and summer restaurant in the Kirjurinluoto Park will keep you well fed for a whole summer day!
Summer-time facilities at the beach include the kiosk building, toilets, showers and changing rooms, childcare facilities and solar-powered charging points for mobile phones. There is a beach volleyball court at the beach; ask for the net and ball at Café Viksu.
The lawn area is great for games, and probably the best place for a picnic you will find. If you’d rather not get crumbs on your blanket, tables are provided at the beach. There is also a barbeque area in the Kirjurinluoto Park.
The Kirjurinluoto Sports Arena offers indoor and outdoor sports facilities all year round. These services are subject to a charge. You can visit the Sports Arena for indoor activities and fun and games - guaranteed fun for a rainy day. Facilities at the Sports Arena include a café, and indoor and outdoor mini golf courses. The outdoor mini golf course at the Kirjurinluoto Park is the second oldest outdoor mini golf area in Finland that is still in operation.
And more fun activities
There are several nature trails and hiking tracks that are also suitable for younger children. For example, the Polsanluoto trail is only 700 metres long.
The concert park and summer theatre offer entertainment for both children and adults.
You can also just take a breather and stop at Café Viksu, the ice-cream kiosk, the Kirjuri Summer Restaurant or the Taavi kiosk!