Originally laid out at the end of the 19th century, this large public space to the north and northwest of the city is an extremely popular place during the warmer months of the year. Good for walking, cycling or picnicking in. The northern edge of the park runs alongside the river which features a long path popular with the city’s jogging community. Not just a green space, the park contains sports halls and tennis courts, a small stage, bars, restaurants and hotels and also plays host to at least one outdoor nightclub during the summer. In the middle is Skopje Zoo, previously an embarrassment to the city and now with the help of some large international donations is at least trying to make efforts to improve the lives of the beasts who have to live in it.