Vantaa major districts – Tikkurila
Tikkurila major district has been a remarkable meeting point in Helsinki area for centuries. Tikkurila is not only Finland's third busiest railway station, but also a hustling and bustling hub where people live, study, work, run the city and enjoy a plethora of culture, sports and events. The area is constantly being renewed with an appreciation to its long history. Helsingin pitäjän kirkonkylä is one of the most significant cultural historical environments in the entire Helsinki region. And the riverbank near the Heureka science center will soon become a blue-green living room for all residents of the area.
In the side of Keravanjoki
Tikkurila area is the largest nerve center in East Vantaa and really the whole of Vantaa. It is located in the Keravanjoki valley between the Tuusula and Lahdenväylä motorways. It has a population of 43,000 and it is spread over ten smaller districts. The center is the Tikkurila district, being surrounded by Hakkila, Hiekkaharju, Jokiniemi, Koivuhaka, Kuninkaala, Ruskeasanta, Simonkylä and Viertola as well as Helsingin pitäjän kirkonkylä founded already in the Middle Ages. Simonkylä is the largest district by population and Hakkila by the area.
The major district is divided into its urban core and surrounding residential areas. In Tikkurila and Jokiniemi more than 90% of the housing stock is multi-home apartment buildings. Viertola, Hiekkaharju and Simonkylä all combine traditional detached houses with blocks of flats. The proportion of detached houses is the largest in Helsingin pitäjän kirkonkylä and Ruskeasanta. In Hakkila, the most common form of living is terraced houses. In recent years, Tikkurila, Viertola and Hiekkaharju have seen most of the new construction.
In with the new
The Tikkurila area has undergone a major overhaul in recent years, especially in the downtown area. Renovation continues, and newcomers include the construction of a new church, new residential and office buildings and the redevelopment of the whole Keravanjoki riverside area. The Tikkurilankoski dam deconstruction started already in June 2019 as part of the riverside renewal. The first tram is also planned to pass from Hakunila via Tikkurila to Aviapolis and the airport. It is likely to begin carrying passengers in the 2028 at the earliest.
Quick and easy traffic
In terms of accessibility and public transport, Tikkurila is the most convenient place to live in Vantaa. All commuter and long-distance trains stop at Tikkurila Railway Station, which is one of the busiest stations in Finland. The next stop to North, Hiekkaharju also has a station for commuter trains. From both stations you can hop on a train and be at the airport in under 15 minutes. The Tikkurila Travel Center helps further by providing plenty of bus connections to different parts of Vantaa. The area is of course also accessible by car along Ring Road III, Tuusulanväylä and Lahdenväylä. In addition, the city bikes have just been introduced and provide easy way to explore and commute in the summer months.
Concentration of services
The area's services are naturally concentrated in the downtown Tikkurila. There you will find the Dixi and Tikkuri shopping centers, the largest supermarkets, restaurants and cafes. There is also a town hall on Asematie and a health center next to it. Libraries and youth facilities are in the center and in Hiekkaharju. In summer, the Tikkurila Library expands into the Library Park, where in addition to books, music and entertainment, you can borrow all kinds of everyday items and yard games for the park. Hiekkaharju Library specializes in the wide selection of Swedish language children and young adult literature. In addition to youth facilities, the multi-purpose facility Liito has workshops, a gaming center and Ohjaamo Vantaa, that provides all kinds of guidance. Porttipuisto in Kuninkaala is a great place for shopping, and a new outlet village was just opened there in November 2019.
The Place for learning
There is a total of 38 kindergartens, one open daycare center and nine primary schools in Tikkurila major area. A new downtown kindergarten just recently opened its doors on Neilikkatie. Optionally both kindergarten and primary school can be completed in Swedish. Secondary education is provided by Vocational College Varia in Hiekkaharju, Tikkurila High School, Helsinge Gymnasium and Vantaa Adult High School. Laurea University of Applied Sciences also has a campus in downtown Tikkurila. Free adult education is offered by Vantaa Adult College, Music and Art School, Vantaa and Helsinki Dance Schools and Tikkurila Theater and Circus School.
Experience the culture
Culture, history and science are important elements of Tikkurila. The Vantaa City Museum is in the old railway station building, and on the other side of the track is the Vernissa Cultural Factory. Vernissa mainly operates youth cultural activities and the Tikkurila Theater. The Heureka Science Center is located on the southern side of the Keravanjoki River and the Vantaa Theater on the northern side. Next to the town hall is Galleria K. Children’s culture center Pessi can also be found in the Tikkurila downtown. Helsingin pitäjän kirkonkylä is a must for visits during summertime and Christmas. The old church village itself feels like its own open-air museum.
The magic of sports and games
Sports scene is another cornerstone of Tikkurila. Its large sports park offers activities on ice, artificial grass, sand and water. Mestis ice hockey team Kiekko-Vantaa plays their match at Trio Arena. The park's indoor swimming pool features fine architecture with Finland's first 50-meter track. Hiekkaharju has its own sports park and stadium where you can practice different sports from track and field to football. There is also a large golf course next door.
Like all of Vantaa, Tikkurila is full of diverse events almost all year round. Each year, the area hosts a few of Vantaa's largest festivals like the Tikkurila Festival, Koisorock and Vantaa Day concerts. Sporting events such as the Vantaa Marathon and Football Vantaa Cup take place in the summer. The largest medieval event in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area is held in Helsingin pitäjän kirkonkylä, and its Church of St. Lawrence holds the BRQ Vantaa Festival that focuses on classical music.
The Tikkurila region is rich in history. Stone Age settlements have been found on both sides of the Keravanjoki river in Jokiniemi. In the southern corner of the area lies the nationally important Helsingin pitäjän kirkonkylä, which was first mentioned in historical sources in 1351. It is located at the junction of the Old King's Road and Keravanjoki, where St. Lawrence Church was built in the mid-15th century. Commerce and traffic have since its beginning been lively in the area, and the name Tikkurila derives from the bundle of squirrel pelts, which was used for commerce.
From an industrial village to a modern center
The position of traffic and commerce bolstered in Tikkurila, when Finland's first railway was built in the 1860s. Tikkurila station is one of its original stations. At the junction of the railway and the Kerava River, an urban community grew up creating many kinds of industry. The most well-known company is probably Tikkurila's Color Factory, known for its signature paint can. On the other side of Tikkurilankoski was the textile company Tikkurilan Silkki (Silk Factory). In the early 20th century, residential plots were assigned to the employees of the companies, which eventually formed the present neighborhoods around Tikkurila downtown. In the 1950s, Tikkurila became the administrative center of the then Helsinki rural community, nowadays the City of Vantaa.