The former name of Mežaparks from the 17th century was Kaiserwald (Royal Garden). Along with the development of the great forest park in Rīga, it gained the name Mežaparks (forest park). The residents of Riga started to think about their own recreation and entertainment park in the end of the 19th century, when Romanticism ruled the world. Gustav Adolf Agthe, the Chief Engineer of Rīga, and Georg Kuphaldt, the Director of the Rīga City Gardens and Parks, of that time proposed to turn the adjacent territory of Lake Ķīšezers into the recreational park and small village of mansions for residents of Rīga. The village of mansions was designed following the current trend of the era for city image - “city as a garden”.
Mežaparks offers great opportunities for spending quality time with family, friends or colleagues: in a forest or at a lakeside, by listening to songs of birds and observing nature, riding a bike, rollerblades, sleigh, skateboard or skis. Mežaparks is loved by cyclists, because there are marked bikeways in its Western part that run all the way to the woods. Infinite number of unmarked trails in the woods is for those who like the wild side of nature, and are not afraid to get lost. But paved paths of Mežaparks welcome those, who like to cycle in style or contest with other cyclists or rollerbladers. Paths are lighted, when it gets dark and cleaned from snow in the winter.
Residents of Mežaparks are favoured with the presence of animals, since there is the Rīga Zoo located in the territory of Mežaparks.
One part of the territory of Mežaparks is enveloped by the large scenic lake – Ķīšezers, which has bathing place with amenities, the water quality of which is checked on regular basis. There is also a beach and a small pier for boats, yachts and water motorcycles.