Modelled on Viennese gardens, the park was established in the late 19th century. Before World War I it was one of the favourite gathering spots for residents. There were numerous restaurants and cafes, a concert hall, bowling alley, swimming pool, ice rink, cycling arena, a small zoo and a pond. A theatre operated in summertime. As Cracow expanded, the area of the park dwindled and the park itself became largely run-down. Currently, there are progressing renovation works which aim at restoring its former excellence.