The Dutch are known for collectively rushing outdoors at the first ray of sunshine. With spring approaching, this park on the water is one of the first spots I rush to on a sunny day. Although it’s situated only a few hundred metres from the Euromast, it’s not a place you would easily stumble across, as several upmarket flats and modern houses hide it. This little haven is a grassy plain on the river, scattered with picnic tables and comfortable plastic outdoor furniture.
Apparently it was supposed to be a site for another flat, but in the end they decided to make it into an area for people to enjoy the sun and the water. When the weather is good I think it is the perfect place to sit and bring along a picnic or a flask of coffee and look out over the river and the city.
It is a spectacular spot in the evening too, when the city lights reflect off the water and it feels like the edge of the world. When I was out there one evening I realised that if you look to your left while facing the river you can see a mosque and its twin standing on the opposite bank. In the dark you can read the words HIER (here) and DAAR (there) shining in neon letters on the walls, making a beautiful artwork that connects both banks. Day or night, this is a spot I always enjoy visiting.