St. Hanshaugen park, constructed between 1876 and 1886, is a bit more than a five minute walk from my apartment. I headed over there on Wednesday to find out what was there. It was actually a bit surreal. The photo on the left was taken around 5pm, and you can see the empty reflecting pool that is built over a reservoir. During the weekends, and especially in the main part of the summer, the park may look quite a bit different, but when I was there, it actually felt… Desolate.
A few other people were passing through, and I saw a couple of people taking advantage of the peace to do some reading. But, even accounting for the lack of people, the place felt empty and deserted. There are a couple of interesting sculptures in the park, which I may try to find out more information about and write posts about later.
It’s always nice to know where parks are in a city, even if you don’t visit them often. And Oslo has a lot of parks and other green spaces. St. Hanshaugen isn’t even close to being the largest, but it’s still somewhat around 22 acres.