Vantaa major districts – Koivukylä
The Koivukylä area is close to nature, services and transport links, but residents especially enjoy the sense of community in the area. The neighborhoods have become their own villages, where families have lived for many generations. Whether you are a new or longtime resident or just visiting, the residents say hello as they pass by. Pets and wildlife frolic among the gardens and park plots, and on Saturdays you can smell the saunas heating in the air.
The home of six villages
Koivukylä major district is in the middle of East Vantaa, by the railways. The area has about 30,000 inhabitants and is divided into six districts: Koivukylä and Havukoski, which make up its center, and Asola, Ilola, Rekola and Päiväkumpu, which surround it. The largest population of the city is Havukoski with over 8,000 inhabitants. The neighborhoods still have separate residential areas, such as the artistic Leinelä in Koivukylä and Rekolanmäki in Asola. The most striking features of the entire subregion are its proximity to nature and multicultural community. There are also slightly more families with children in the area than in Vantaa on average.
All kinds of housing
The area's housing stock is diverse and varies by neighborhood. Koivukylä and Havukoski are apartment blocks, while Ilola, Rekola and Päiväkumpu are small residential areas. Asola is divided into a semi-detached front house area and newer apartment blocks. Approximately 60% of the housing stock of the whole area is apartment blocks and 40% are small and terraced houses. The share of small houses is slightly higher than the average in Vantaa. In recent years, many new apartment blocks have been built in the area.
Renew and revamp
In recent years the Koivukylä major area has gone through some refreshing changes. The new colorful artsy residential area Leinelä and its railway station was opened in 2015. The future includes revamping the center of Koivukylä around the station. The area was the subject of an open planning competition in 2016, which was won by the proposal Koivukylän Verso (“The Sprout of Koivukylä”). The plan will include new apartments, service housing, a new library, a kindergarten and retail space. The plan has gathered wide support from the residents in the area who have been hoping for a revamp of the center for some time.
Reach the peak
Like many of the Vantaa suburbs, Koivukylä is built on good transport links. There are three train stations in the area: Koivukylä and Rekola on the main South North line and Leinelä on the Ring Line. From Leinelä you can reach the airport in less than ten minutes. In Koivukylä and Rekola, commuter trains stop between Helsinki and Kerava. There are also several bus routes around the area. The major roadways are the Tuusulanväylä and Lahdenväylä at the edges of the area and internally the Asola and Koivukylä thoroughfares. There are also comprehensive bike lanes and city bike stations in the area. Access to parking is available at all of the train stations.
Koivukylä Service Package
The area's services are naturally concentrated near the Koivukylä station. There is a diverse shopping center with a library, several supermarkets and the traditional open shopping mall of Koivutori. Residential areas have of course their own convenience stores and shops. Next to the Koivukylänväylä is a social and health station, a fire station and a large department store focused on recycling. The Peijas Hospital handles specialized medical care in Asola, near Rekola. There is also a round-the-clock on-call emergency service.
Koivukylä for children and young people
There is a total of 17 kindergartens in the Koivukylä area. The famous Rautpiha kindergarten, which is located at Havukoski, is a pioneer of open day care in Finland. Basic education is provided for elementary school students in Ilola, Päiväkumpi, Rekolanmäki and Rekola. In addition to its 100-year history, the Rekola School is well-known as a frontrunner in digitalization. The upper secondary schools can be found in Havukoski and Koivukylä, an option being the Vocational College of Varia. The closest high schools are a 10-minute train ride away in Korso and Tikkurila. In Havukoski you will find a refreshing youth center with a wide array of popular services like a guided gym.
Outdoor activities and sports
The proximity to nature is apparent everywhere in Koivukylä area. It can be seen in the Keravanjoki valley and in the rapids, which have nice swimming and carpet washing places. Wide forests provide hiking trails and in winter, cross-country skiing. The Kuusijärvi outdoor activities are also just a short distance away. The area has a strong sports culture represented by community sports clubs such as Koivukylän Palloseura, Rekolan Raikas and Rekolan Urheilijat. Also, national inventor of baseball, Lauri “Tahko” Pihkala, has his roots near Koivukylä. The baseball tradition continues with Päiväkummun Pesis. You can also play disc golf in Päiväkumpu. There is also a very popular skate park between Rekola and Korson Matari. A new Elmo Sports Park with a swimming pool and many sports facilities is being developed in the north corner of Asola.
In addition to sports, you can feel the community of the Koivukylä residents in the many events held there all year around. One of the most well-known events is the wild night of Koivukylä in September. In Rekola, its live music association REMY organizes music events at Rekola Kino, a renowned concert and cinema. There are also active resident associations. One of the most active is the Toimiva Koivukylä eli Toimari ry, which also publishes a local newspaper of the area. In the center of Koivukylä there is also Kafnetti and Tuulikontti in Havukoski, both places for residents to meet and mingle. The area also has exceptionally long history with scout hobby as well as voluntary fire brigade in Asola and Rekola.
Village already in the Middle Ages
The history of the Koivukylä goes back a long way. In the Middle Ages, one of the most important villages in the area was Räckhalsböle, whose owners donated one tax mark in form of a piece of land to the Church of St. Lawrence. The village of Rekola was built on this land. Near it was the village of Hanaböle with its manors, where a mill was built in the 16th century and a sawmill in the 18th century. At the end of the 19th century, the area became densely populated thanks to the railway station that was opened in Rekola in 1886. Koskelan Tiilitehdas Oy also began operating there in 1910.