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Södra Svartbyn

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Between Svartbyträsket and Gruvberget lies Södra Svartbyn, a leafy residential area that came about as the city expanded in the 1960s and 70s. The area is often described as quiet and pleasant with “proximity to everything”: city center, hiking areas, grocery stores, preschool/school and leisure activities. Many residents have lived here for decades and returnees are keen to come back. A highly valued advantage of the area is the ease of access to the terrain around Gruvberget, as well as to Svartbyträsket with the possibility of canoeing, skiing or snowmobiling. Everyday life is made easier by good cycle paths and good bus connections. At the heart of the area is Matthew’s Church, a dynamic meeting place with a wide range of activities. Within walking distance are the Kristallkulan preschool and Torpgärdsskolan (age 6-12) with leisure facilities.

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  • 1. 'Proximity to everything' The most obvious advantage of the area is its proximity to work, school, grocery stores and leisure activities. A gym has recently opened in the area, and within cycling distance is the Boden Energi Arena - the country's northernmost multi-sport arena - with an adjacent padel court.
  • 2. Gruvberget recreational area Within walking distance is the Gruvberget outdoor and recreational area, which is well used by the municipality's residents. The mountain has high natural values, including rich bird life, old pine forest and a cold spring with rare orchid species. Exercisers have many types of activities to choose from. There are trails for running, skiing and mountain biking and a downhill ski slope with a lift. At the top of the mountain is the Friluftsfrämjandet clubhouse, which is the starting point for the association's activities.
  • 3. Child-friendly The area was once built with families with children in mind and road safety was a high priority. There are several playgrounds in the area. The largest one, Tallparken, is accessible and newly equipped with play equipment for children of all ages. In addition to a ropeway, slide, buddy swing, spinning cup, rocking animals and a playhouse, the site is equipped with bench tables and a barbecue area. There is also an area for spontaneous sports in the form of football goals.
  • 4. Svartbygården As members of the Norra Svartbyn association, many residents of Södra Svartbyn have access to the association's activity and cultural center, Svartbygården. A number of activities are organized here, including a group in the association running a small cozy library. Next to the farm is a baker's cottage that can be booked through Svartby byamän.
  • 5. The Church Matthew's Church is an important hub in the area with its activities and events for all ages. Children's choirs, 'After School' and the biodiversity garden are just some of the activities.

About the area

Svartbyn is mentioned in the 1543 land register as one of several villages in Överluleå parish. At this time, the village consisted of a few farms scattered along the Svartbyträsket. With the expansion of the city in the 1960s and 70s, agricultural land close to the city was increasingly developed. The northern part of the village retained its rural character, while the southern side was transformed into a modern villa town with a lakeside location. Until the 1980s, Svartbyträsket was used for both fishing and swimming, but for various reasons the water quality deteriorated, resulting in extensive algal blooms. For a number of years, an ambitious effort has been underway to restore the biological balance with the vision of a living swimming and fishing lake.


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