In the coming years (2016-2020) the Municipality of The Hague will link the Scheveningse Bosjes, the Waterpartij and Westbroekpark together into one large city park: the International Park. The park will provide a green area between the city centre and the beach. The 3 parks will get an extensive makeover. Until 17 January 2016 residents can make their opinion known.
By better connecting the 3 areas with each other, they will become a real city park. A green link will be created in the International Zone under the working title of ‘International Park’.
The 3 parks will be linked to each other by:
- a tunnel for pedestrians, cyclists and wildlife under the Professor B.M. Teldersweg
- a better network of paths and trails
- the construction of a 5-kilometre connecting main route (park circuit)
- the construction of recognisable park entrances.
Residents of The Hague are welcome to submit their comments on the project until 17 January 2016 by sending an email to: email@example.com Your contribution will be incorporated in the plans as much as possible. The municipal government will take a decision on the plan in the first half of 2016.
Investing in green
A large-scale makeover is needed to improve the quality of the plant life in the park. This means:
- more plants
- more space for trees
- more variation in animal and plant species
- frequent maintenance of the park
- preservation of each park’s own character.
Quiet and active zones
The park will be subdivided into zones. In certain zones visitors can enjoy the quiet and nature. In other parts of the park activities and small-scale events can be organised throughout the year.
The park is located in the heart of The Hague’s International Zone and is surrounded by the Peace Palace, Gemeentemuseum and Madurodam.
The plan has been discussed with nature and wildlife organisations, residents groups and area organisations and tourist attractions. A budget of € 6.5 million is available for the city park until 2020. The money will be used to pay for the biggest alterations, such as:
- the tunnel under the Professor B.M. Teldersweg
- improving the paths and trails
- a water playground
- more plants and trees.
More information can be found (in Dutch) at www.denhaag.nl/internationalezone . There you will also find a link to the English document “International Zone Area Development Vision (draft version)”
13 December 2015, www.denhaag.nl/en/residents/news