From private industrial estate to public meeting place
Summer 2020 saw the official opening of Mjøs Park to the public. The park is beautifully situated by Lake Mjøsa in Brumunddal, Eastern Norway. The aim of the project was to create a park offering attractive, informal meeting places and varied activities to suit everyone, regardless of age or culture. Today, the park is a sociable meeting place for people of all ages and an attractive destination for both locals and travellers along the E6 European route.
Located by Norway's largest lake
The park has the world’s tallest timber building as its closest neighbour and is right next to many locations offering a wide range of activities along the shores of Norway's largest lake, Lake Mjøsa. Ringsaker municipality and Norconsult were responsible for developing the area. It was originally a typical industrial estate and, thanks to its proximity to the river Brumunda, it had a long history of timber and sawmill enterprises. When the sawmill closed, Ringsaker municipality wanted to take over the land and create a recreational space that was accessible to everyone.
Today, Mjøs Park is a state-protected open space and an attractive outdoor recreational area for people of all ages. The history of the area has been incorporated into the development, for example by preserving installations from the sawmill as monuments in Mjøs Park.
Activities and relaxation zones
The mixture of park space, activity zones and attractions make Mjøs Park an exciting destination. You’ll find attractions such as a skating rink, basketball court, skate park, play area, barbecue space, sensory gardens and a beach—to name but a few. You’ll also find benches and seating areas where you can catch your breath and enjoy the view over Lake Mjøsa.
High ambitions with a focus on quality
This has been highly ambitious project with a focus on quality, which was also why furniture from Vestre was chosen.
“Furniture from Vestre was chosen because it indicates quality in terms of both materials and design. Sustainability is important and Vestre is a leader here too with their resilient design, environmental, maintenance-friendly and solid materials and, last but not least, their support for restoring older furniture,” says Brit Angell Johnson.
An area in development
Mjøs Park has become not only a social hub for Brumunddal’s locals, but also an adventure park for the whole of Innlandet and travellers along the E6 European route. Brit Angell Johnson can reveal that the public’s feedback has been excellent and that Mjøs Park is now an attractive destination and recreational space, just as the municipality had hoped. The facilities appeal to people of all ages, which was the fundamental aim of the project.
“It’s worth noting that the park is not finished yet, and the surrounding areas are still being developed according to plans, so there are important aspects that have not yet been completed, but they're on their way,” adds Brit Angell Johnson.