My relationship with Kronvalda parks started when I studied at Riga Technical school. Because it’s a school in the centre it didn’t have an outdoor stadium, so in spring and autumn we had gym in the park. We were running laps in the park while students of the Biology faculty were studying on the benches of park.
Now those days are long gone, the Biology faculty has moved to Pārdaugava and I am not running there any more. Now I visit Kronvalda parks to relax and sit on a bench with a book. To breathe fresh air coming from many different tree- and bush species (Kronvalda parks is one of the richest in foreign tree variety). A real paradise for a dendrologist in the centre of Riga!
Kronvalda parks doesn’t just have trees. The city channel runs through it, so it is possible to sit down near the water and feed some ducks (in summer you can rent a catamaran for a tour down the channel). Or sit near Riga’s biggest fountain (do not expect too much, it is not that big, it is just the biggest in Riga) and watch the play of water. There are two children’s playgrounds at one end of the park.