Karhupuisto Park
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland5,721 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
The small park near Kallio church has become a pleasant place for locals to sit and meet friends after it was cleaned up and the big central flower arrangement was planted. The bear statue by Jussi Mäntynen is from 1931 presenting the animal, a proctected species in our nature eating at an anthill. The Bear park cafe has moved to the corner location indoors, the kiosk serves only drinks.
Written 14 July 2019
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland28,069 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Karhupuisto is a small park in the middle of Kallio. There are a bear statue, beautiful flowers, and a small cafe.

Kallio Church is located near the park.
Written 31 July 2018
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BeachStone2C
Helsinki, Finland2,775 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
Obviously the warmer summer months are the best time to visit this very small park. There are occasional events beyond summertime, especially around Christmas. Just the park itself is not a special but events are really good.
Written 2 December 2017
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lzinsmaster11
Prague, Czech Republic248 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
I wouldn't make a special trip to see this. All there is are some flowers, a bear statue and an ice cream stand (the day I went there were women selling Thai food too but it was a very temporary set up). If you are visiting Kallio Church it's just a minute walk away and worth a quick stop and picture. No playground for kids.
Written 9 July 2017
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland5,721 contributions
Jun 2017
Today Helsinki City gardeners aided by locals were busy planting flowers in the center of this small park for the summer. It is a fine example of bad turning to good as the park used to be a rather dangerous hang out for alcoholics and drugusers which everybody else had to avoid. The public areas in Helsinki are scattered with small "Lippakioski", kiosks with long awnings from the 1940's which had fallen in poor condition so a plan to bring them back to life was formed. Karhupuisto is one of the first and most successfull with a gathering of tables and chairs around it. Doughnuts, cinnamon rolls and other delicious products are made locally at the oldest bakery in Kallio, Avikainen.
Written 7 June 2017
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Moyashinen
187 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
the statue is cute, and there are some bar or cafe around the park which took after the name of Karhu from this park, i guess
Written 25 March 2017
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nikoin79
Tuusula, Finland470 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
Okay it is a Park, and not even that pretty one. But it is one of those places where you can experience the real living city. Alcohol, sex and drugs all mixed with flowers and rainbows. Small pubs and restaurants around. And of course there is the bear (statue). Worth a visit when in Kallio, and I do recomend everyone to visit Kallio. Check the internet to see if there is some spesial events, the athmosphere can really suprise you. But be aware, this is one of those places not to go after dark...
Written 6 September 2016
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Hoffa
Helsinki, Finland133 contributions
Feb 2016 • Family
If you ever doubted that Finns like to get very drunk, visit Karhupuisto Park on a Friday evening. It doesn't even have to be summer.
Written 17 February 2016
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Default11915
Casablanca, Morocco7,651 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
I pop into the park every now and again when I visit friends who live nearby. This summer it was cold and there weren't many people around but the year before, there were loads of people soaking up the late evening sun.

I love the little bear statue and the garden in particular. The café in the park is a boon too.

I would never say that someone should travel from the centre to see just this park, but Kallio is an interesting area in any case, so if doing some sightseeing in this Bohemian quarter (to see the Church, for instance), I think this is an ideal place to have a relaxing half an hour. The whole area is easily accessible by tram or the walk from the centre is only about 20 minutes and passes some interesting sights.
Written 2 December 2015
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Elena S
Helsinki, Finland1,231 contributions
May 2014 • Friends
Next to public library, tram stop, some cafes, self-service laundry this is centrally located yet a tranquil spot. Not worth of traveling from other parts of town, but stop here when you are around, or agree to meet your friends here.

The flower arrangement in centre of part has a special history: the park was getting too frequented by "anti-social open-air alcoholists", but a local power-lady Saara Tolonen started 1997 a zero tolerance campaign. The city park office donated the flowers, and Saara and a group of other power-grandmas came every day to water and weed the flowers and reported all bad behaviour to the police. Around 100 volunteers participate in the maintenance.
Written 25 May 2014
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