• Client: Barendrecht Local Authority
  • Location: Barendrecht
  • Year: 2014

Metropolitan Zuidpolder Park

Barendrecht - The population of the Rotterdam agglomeration has risen sharply in recent decades; while in that same time the surface space of recreational areas has barely increased. At present, it is virtually only the Oude Maas recreation area that offers local authority's residents space for open-air recreation.

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Metropolitan Zuidpolder Park

The need for more recreational space is pressing, and this is why the Barendrecht local authority has the ambition of revamping the Zuidpolder, an agricultural stretch of land between the built-up area of Barendrecht and the Oude Maas, as a metropolitan city park (170 hectares).

The area has been made suitable for route-associated types of recreation, such as walking, cycling and skating, combined with nature development (enriching ecological values), retaining cultural-historical assets, urban farming and buffering water – in the form of a fresh-water reservoir, fed by rainwater. The Blauwe Verbinding project means the Zuidpolder will have three functions: supplying clean water from the Oude Maas to the Zuiderpark, a recreational waterway between the Zuiderpark, the Zuidelijk Randpark, the Buytenland and the Zuidpolder, as well as an ecological connection between green areas in the urban areas and nature areas (current or future) on IJsselmonde.

Project data

LocationBarendrecht Google Maps
AssignmentPark
Size170 ha
Design2012
Construction2012-2016
ClientBarendrecht Local Authority
TeamJohn Boon, Timo Cents
Metropolitan Zuidpolder Park
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