Like in the 1930s, the Zuiderpark is on the eve of major changes. Over the next few years, 10,000 homes will be built, which will put pressure on the park. The importance of the park for climate adaptation and biodiversity also increased. This calls for a new view of the Zuiderpark. Where in the 1930s sport, relaxation and education were the most important pillars, the Zuiderpark, as a park of the 21st century, will provide an answer to the challenges of our time. A park that is sustainable and climate-adaptive and that offers a place for everyone: peace-seeker or festival goer, tree climber or hand biker, human or animal.
The Zuiderpark – Park of the 21st century – is a park for everyone. A park with enough space for nature, but where events can also take place. A park for a quiet walk, gardening and a park for sports and different encounters. The Zuiderpark is a park that is firmly anchored in the neighbourhood. Accessible crossing points and inviting entrances make it easy for local residents to make use of the park. The park has an inviting path system that also provides space for many people and activities and invites you to explore the edges of the park. The basis for the design of the park is formed by clear zoning. The natural edge is the domain of nature.
The park concept is still strongly recognizable in the Classic Park. Walking, relaxing, playing and small-scale cultural activities are the main activities here. The heart of the park is focused on sports and meeting, with lawns and groups of trees that provide shade. Sports fields are accessible, and the sports ring invites everyone to exercise. Shaded areas and recreation fields by the water and water playgrounds provide cooling in times of extreme heat. Wadis and widened waterways ensure the collection of water during extreme precipitation. The Zuiderpark is climate robust, sustainable and biodiverse.
Location: The Hague, Netherlands
Landscape Architect: Flux landscape architecture
Client: Municipality of The Hague
Image credits: Flux landscape architecture