Stadblokken - Meinerswijk
On the other side of river, just In front of the city center of Arnhem lies Stadblokken - Meinerswijk area.
This vast area played a big role in history of Arnhem. Now this area can be create oportunity not only to develop it, but also to create new initiatives.
There is a lot of demand for development in this area, therefore there have been many plans to adress new developments. In 2015 municipality of Arnhem developed a new plan, which included recreative cycling path system and let the nature grow undisturbed.
Kondor Wessels Projecten together with Placemaking Plus organised a Place Game where residents and other users of the area got a chance to share their ideas and insights. They were expressed in short term and long term results.
In collaboration with IVN, Institute of nature education and sustainability, Placemaking Plus organized a Mud Event. The first initiative from the Placereport is huge success with a national record of 160.000 children playing and visit of the Royal family, Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands.
During the Mud Festival, children can enjoy all kinds of fun activities such as: long mud slides, a Muddrun, bare feet ' path and a large Mud kitchen. Children discover what mud is, how you can play with it and what the connection with the Earth means to them. Hundreds of thousands of children at home and abroad are at the same time actively engaged in nature.
Pictures by Foto via IVN, Instituut voor natuureducatie en duurzaamheid
Commisioned by Kondor Wessels Projecten the Place Game Stadblokken - Meinerswijk took place on 7th of April. We gathered people to envision future of this area and explore possible oportunities.
Around 40 people participated in the Place Game: owners of local businesses, shop holders, residents and officials. Short term interventions and long term strategies were created.
Stadsblokken-Meinerswijk is experienced as a beautiful restful area. Due to nature and space, there is no need for much change in the area. However, there is a shortage of activities in the area and especially a lack of seating.
During the Place Game, organic development is often mentioned, using natural materials does not require much intervention in this restful area.
A full report of the place game can be found below.