Gunnar Leches park – Welcome to Uppsala, welcome home

Fotograf Ana Vera Burin Barata
Gunnar Leches park will make your wait more pleasant, whether you are travelling or meeting someone. It is also an enjoyable part of weekdays for tens of thousands of commuters – and welcomes you to the city of Linnaeus.
Address: Gunnar Leches park, Resecentrum
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Gunnar Leches park will make your wait more pleasant, whether you are travelling or meeting someone. It is also an enjoyable part of weekdays for tens of thousands of commuters – and welcomes you to the city of Linnaeus.

The newly landscaped Gunnar Leches park was formerly called Järnvägsparken, after the railway. Just like Linnaeus, Gunnar Leche is a constant presence in Uppsala. Leche was the city architect here for nearly 35 years, and designed the Tuna and Salabackar districts, Vaksalaskolan (a school) and Stadsteatern (Municipal Theatre).

Gunnar Leches park gives a first impression of Uppsala, and welcomes visitors to the city of Linnaeus through its plant-inspired design idiom. The green foliage on the bus-shelter glazing and the flower plantings, inspired by the beds in Linnéträdgården, build a picture of Uppsala’s identity while shielding you from Kungsgatan’s traffic.

The artistic interpretation of the water features using artificial light, the work of Helena Laukkanen and Gert-Ove “Tarzan” Wågstam, not only increases the sense of security when it is dark but also gives the park an air of excitement.