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The Esplanade Park is lined by cafés, and the Espa Stage hosts many popular events like concerts every year.

In the centre of Esplanade Park stands the first public monument of Helsinki, the statue of Finland’s national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804-1877). The sculptor of the statue was Walter Runeberg, one of the sons of Johan Ludvig Runeberg. The Statue was unveiled in 1885.

Every year the celebration of May Day in Helsinki takes off with a bang on 30 April in Esplanade Park, when the students of universities of Helsinki crown the Havis Amanda, or “Manta”, statue. This tradition was established to its current form in 1951 but Manta has been crowned in more unofficial situations since 1932.

Esplanade Park reflects the history of Helsinki.