I’ve visited the new park which has been built upon the rooftops of a row of shops with a length of about 1200 meters in the neighbourhood Delfshaven many times.
At first sight you might not think of Rotterdam as a ‘green’ city but that’s a mistaken thought most people from out of town have.
The area has transformed so much over the years, it was a rough, forlorn and neglected part with buildings in shambles. I’m happy to see that besides a new shopping street, they thought about adding a park high above street level. It’s probably the biggest park upon a rooftop in Europe.
It’s almost finished and it’s really nice and spacious, overlooking the industrial part and the river on one side and Delfshaven on the other side.
The park has a Mediterranean herbal garden, an area for kids, separate areas for BBQ’s, a communal garden with fruit bearing trees and a restaurant. You can reach it by several entrances up the stairs or by using the elevator.
Local neighbours are involved with the park, they volunteer by keeping an eye out during opening hours, they plant and maintain the trees and plants etc.
Rotterdam has lots of parks, botanical gardens like Arboretum Trompenburg and behind the facades of many streets lie so many beautiful gardens. Some of which you can visit/see during the annual Hidden Gardens weekend in June.
This new park’s a welcome addition to make a city greener/colourful, more livable and nicer.