I walked past an information sign in the park about its origins and history. I read that the park was established, along with other similar parks in Stockholm, in the late 19th century, as a public health project – to give the inhabitants of the increasingly overcrowded city access to green areas to keep them healthy. (This particular spot would have been quite inconvenient for buildings, anyway, as hilly as it is.) It’s because of this aim that the large parks of Stockholm are so utilitarian and low-maintenance. Grass, large trees, paths, benches – all accessible and available for picknicks and ball games and other such healthy pursuits. Little or no thought given to beauty, unlike the parks of London, for example, with their carefully designed and maintained flower beds and plantings.