Kitesurfers at Amager Strandpark
|Location||Amager East, Copenhagen|
4.5 km beach
|Parking||1 lot at the southern end|
Amager Strandpark (English: Amager Beach Park) is a seaside public park in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is located on the island of Amager and includes an artificial island and offers a total of 4.6 km (2.9 mi) of beaches. Amager Strandpark is a Blue Flag beach and the adjacent Kastrup Marina as well as the nearby Dragør Marina also enjoy Blue Flag status. From the beach, the Middelgrunden wind farm can be seen on the horizon.
The park was founded in 1934 and in 2005 a 2 km-long (1.2 mi) artificial island was added. The island is separated from the original beach by a lagoon which is crossed by three bridges. The beach has two sections. The northern section has a natural beach environment with winding paths, broad sandy beaches and low dunes. The southern section offers a so-called city beach with a broad promenade and areas for ball play or picnicking. There is also a small marina and parking facilities at the southern end. The lagoon has low-water areas for children as well as a 1,000 m (3,300 ft) swimming course.
It is allowed to have bonfires on the beach and the area is also used for kayaking. From a small headland, it is possible to go diving. There is also an area for outdoor fitness training. A grassy area at the southern end of the park, known as femøren (which translates to the Nickel), is often used for open-air rock concerts in summer. There are also many Danish skaters, who skate there. The American pro skater Torey Pudwill also has a picture-ad, where he kick-flips down double set stairs at Bunker 2.
Øresund is a shallow sea which allows rather fast temperature rises, when air temperatures permits. Possible bathing season is between mid-May and mid-September. However, to reach fairly good bathing temperatures (of at least 18 °C or higher) in the afternoons, air temperature needs to be above 25 °C for about a week in May, while just a few days of heat is enough in August. During longer heat waves, water temperatures often rise above 22 °C during the period of late June until early September. The water quality is usually very good. All local outlets to Øresund has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected since the 1970s (this applies to the Swedish part of Øresund as well). Water salinity is highly dependent on the current. With northbound current (from the Baltic Sea) salinity may drop down a bit below 10 PSU (1.0% by weight), but with southbound current (from Cattegat) salinity rises to above 25 PCU, not so far from the northern Atlantic salinity of 30–33 PCU. (Eastbound and westbound currents cannot occur in Øresund, with very local exceptions only. The daily tides are not notable, but irregular, weather-dependent water level differences do exist. During the winter ice problems are very rare.)
The park is served by three metro stations: Øresund station to the north, Femøren station to the south, and Amager Strand station roughly in the middle. All stations are on the M2 line of the Copenhagen Metro. It is also easily reached on bicycle in about 15 minutes from the city centre.
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