Living at the ‘Kop van Zuid’ in an area where harbour activities made room for ambitious development is great. Worth checking out if you’re into architecture!
We’ve got some amazing architecture here on the south bank, low and high tides in the harbours, iconic monuments such as the Entrepot building, the Poortgebouw, Ik Woon Vintage and wooll-e at Entrepot harbour and the old train bridge De Hef, but there is just very little space for public green.
Old houses at the Rosestraat were demolished but due to the crisis future building activities slowed down to a minimum, giving space to temporary alternatives here like De Hefpark.
This lovely neighbourhood initiative is designed to create an attractive green oasis and worthy entrance to southern Rotterdam. I saw it grow, this unfenced green space squeezed between the Rosestraat, Oranjeboomstraat and Roentgenstraat, for neighbours and visitors to discover.
Trees, fruit trees, grass, plants and flowers were planted, landscaped paths laid out for a stroll through the park, a giant challenging BMX cross-track (starting high-up from the old Hef-bridge-foundation – meandering through the park) installed for tough kids with their BMX bikes, wooden furniture for a picnic (buy food to-go in the Entrepotbuilding), meet locals or read a book. Help with gardening and enjoy the graffiti by local artists.
If you plan on going to the Kop van Zuid, use the Willemsbridge as you’ll pass the Hefpark on your way to the Entrepot harbour.
Latest news (only in Dutch).