Western Amager is a collection of a variety of wild and natural areas, which cover around 3,500 hectares ten times the size of Central Park in New York.
But thanks to a 55-million-kroner donation from Nordea-fonden, the areas will be linked together as a single nature area, Naturpark Amager. The money will pay for new entrances, a visitor’s centre and shelters for overnight stays. Other initiatives will be decided following a public consultation.
Despite being just two kilometres from the city centre, the nature area only receives around one million visitors a year. Dyrehaven, which is 20 kilometres north of Copenhagen, has seven million visitors annually.
“The area is an overlooked pearl which we are now transforming into a green and recreational oasis,” Nordea-fonden chairman Mogens Hugo said when the money was awarded back in March
. “We are proud to support Naturpark Amager because we think it will improve lives for the city’s residents.”
The ambition is to double annual visitor numbers within the next 15 years. M