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Neighbourhood of Riga
Typical residences of Mežaparks.
Typical residences of Mežaparks.
Location of Mežaparks in Riga.
Location of Mežaparks in Riga.
Country Latvia
CityFlag of Riga.svg Riga
DistrictNorthern District
 • Total11.821 km2 (4.564 sq mi)
 • Total4,529
 • Density380/km2 (990/sq mi)

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.[1] It was one of the world's first garden cities.[2] 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 Mežaparks Great Bandstand hosts the Latvian Song and Dance Festival in early July every five years.

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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  1. ^ Krastiņš, Jānis (July 2006). "Architecture and Urban Development of Art Nouveau—Metropolis Riga". International Review of Sociology. 16 (2): 395–425. doi:10.1080/03906700600709327.
  2. ^ Mežaparks in Riga – One of the First Garden Cities in Europe[permanent dead link]

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