Park om de Hoek

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De Gezonde Stad is a foundation that connects inhabitants, companies and local government within Amsterdam to create a more sustainable and healthy city. De Gezonde Stad initiated Park om de Hoek.

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What is the goal of the project?

The aim is to empower inhabitants to (re)create their neighborhood by their own needs, ideas and wishes. Cities are transforming more and more into concrete jungles, leaving not much space for green zones. Whilst a green city is a healthy city: greenery reduces the urban heat island effect and sewage overflows. At the same time we can create green zones to stimulate biodiversity and happier inhabitants.

Another common issue we see in cities: the bigger the city, the higher the loneliness rate. Over 85.000 inhabitants of Amsterdam feel lonely, every day. De Gezonde Stad (The Healthy City) transforms all the uninviting squares in our neighbourhoods into green, vibrant, safe, attractive pocket parks where we can interact with each other!

What is the result of the project?

The aimed result is a network of pocket parks in cities, starting in Amsterdam. The results so far are:

  • 4 pocket parks with their own identity in Amsterdam
  • 4 neighbourhood communities
  • 80 neighbours who have gotten acquainted with each other and worked together
  • 1816 m2 and 12 trees added to the city.

By facilitating this process and including inhabitants, local government and private parties, we create a city in which we all feel healthy and happy to live in. Recently, Park om de Hoek has also developed a toolkit for inhabitants to independently create a pocket park in their own neighborhood.

Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?

De Gezonde Stad is a non-profit organization which connects inhabitants, companies and local government within Amsterdam to create a more sustainable and healthy city. De Gezonde Stad initiated Park om de Hoek. Other partners are:

  • Government: Municipality of Amsterdam, Province of Noord-Holland
  • Private parties: Donkergroen, Van der Tol, Heicom
  • Housing corporation Stadgenoot

What is the next step?

The next step is upscaling the project and strengthening the business model. Also, developing an incubation program to educate more active inhabitants in developing their own Park om de Hoek with expert sessions, workshops, offline tools and financing. This way we're creating more autonomy for inhabitants to make their city greener.

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Raksha Hoost

Robin and Bram, thanks for bringing my attention to this case!

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