Photo Matti Miinalainen
Covering a thousand hectares, the Central Park runs ten kilometres from south to north, starting near the city centre in Laakso and ending in Haltiala in the northern outskirts of the city. In the city centre, the park consists of mainly recreational forests, while in Haltiala there are primeval forests and agricultural landscapes. There are four nature reserves in the park: the deciduous forests in Pitkäkoski and Ruutinkoski, Haltiala primeval forest and Niskala arboretum.
The Central park is a very popular recreational area with a diverse range of environments.