Mežaparks

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Mežaparks
Neighbourhood of Riga
Typical residences of Mežaparks.
Typical residences of Mežaparks.
Location of Mežaparks in Riga.
Location of Mežaparks in Riga.
Country  Latvia
City Flag of Riga.svg Riga
District Northern District
Area
 • Total 11.821 km2 (4.564 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,529
 • Density 380/km2 (990/sq mi)
Website apkaimes.lv

Mežaparks (German: Kaiserwald) is a neighbourhood of Northern District in Riga, the capital of Latvia. It's located on the western shore of Lake Ķīšezers. The name is literally translated as "forest park". The park was built in the early 20th century and was originally called Kaiserwald. It was one of the world's first garden cities.[1] It had large number of Art Nouveau and Eclectic villas for upper class inhabitants of Riga. During the Second World War, the Kaiserwald concentration camp was located in this park, and many Jews, Gypsies, communists, and other opponents of Nazi rule were murdered in these woods.

Today it is still one of the wealthier areas of Riga, the park hosts the Latvian Song and Dance Festival in early July every five years, most recently in 2013.[dated info]

Mežaparks is also host to the Riga Zoo and its lakeside locale allows for various water sporting activities. There is also an amusement park in Mežaparks, which makes the neighborhood a popular summer destination for Riga residents.

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Coordinates: 57°00′N 24°10′E / 57.000°N 24.167°E / 57.000; 24.167