Info about the parks in the Old Town
The first City Park in Sweden, Strömparterren (the Stream parterre) was established in 1831 as a recreation area for the public. Before that there had not been any public parks in the city. It became very popular and more parks were established in the following years in many Swedish cities.
In the dense city area parks were often created at the centre of a block of houses when the old storages, huts, outhouses were removed and space was made for a small park where children could play etc. Other area's that was turned into small parks were former cemeteries and when several old houses were demolished in a area. In some of the parks were coffee shops established for people to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, often with a cake.