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 In 1834, Nicholas I, Czar of Russia, supported the spa project of businessman Henrik Borgström by buying shares in the company, and the Kaivopuisto Spa became a popular holiday destination among high society in St. Petersburg. In 1885 the City of Helsinki took over the park and Kaivopuisto became a city park open to everyone after the 50-year lease agreement had expired.

The nearby sea and green lawns offer many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. In the park are a children’s playground, dog park and chess playing place.

There are several cafés and restaurants along the shore and on the islands. From the middle of May to the beginning of September, comfortable vessels offer a regular service from Merisatama in Kaivopuisto to the islands nearby.