Opposite Eteläranta, in the middle of the Kokemäenjoki River, is Pori’s own central park, the Kirjurinluoto Park. It is popular among people of all ages for its outdoor recreation facilities. Outside Pori, the Kirjurinluoto Park is best known as the location of the hugely popular Pori Jazz Festival that is organised every summer.
In addition to relaxing, Kirjurinluoto is great for running and swimming. Children can play in the vast Pelle Hermanni Park (the total size of three hectares) or try their hand at driving in the children’s traffic park, Vinkkari. Other facilities include a popular disc golf course, a mini golf course and areas for playing pétanque. In the winter, the locals go to the Kirjurinluoto Park for skiing and ice-skating.
There are several walking routes and nature trails, and if you combine them all, they will cover a distance of 8 kilometers. If that seems too much, there is no need to worry, even the shortest route (Kirjurinluodon lenkki, 1.3 km) is packed with experiences.
The Kirjurinluoto Park is only a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, but you can also drive there or ride a bike. In the summer, the street train Poritar carries visitors from the market square to the Kirjurinluoto Park and back. For those travelling with a boat, there is a 24h guest harbour.
The Kirjurinluoto Park is a popular venue for events; the Pori Jazz Festival and Porispere are organised here every year. There are numerous locations to suit all events from small get-togethers to huge events with tens of thousands of visitors. We have the legendary Lokki Stage and the unique Kirjurinluoto Arena that can accommodate 70,000 people.
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.