In the beginning of the 20th century it was decided that the area around Pildammarna (the willow ponds) in Malmö would play host to the Baltic Exhibition of 1914, showcasing the latest technology and design. After the show plans were made to develop the site to a permanent public park, first following the idea of the English romantic style, but then the remainder of the park was designed in classicist layout with monumental character.

Thanks to its history, to planning in different stages, to the neo-classicist layout and its grandiose dimension, Pildammsparken is quite unique among northern European parks.

The park is structured by four main elements, linked by alleys and smaller paths: the “flower street” (Blomstergatan) with the 1914 pavilion and fountain, where each year a new flower theme is realised, the ponds with three fountains opening the park to the housing districts in the east, the rose garden and finally “Tallriken”, a tree arena of 160 metres diameter. In combination with the artwork the park offers many places for contemplation, but also for sports and many events during the year and thus attracts Malmö’s citizens and visitors alike.

Prior to its centenary in 2014 the park will be further enhanced with more vegetation surrounding the ponds and a new themed playground and open-air gym.