The Park ‘island-West’ is the community park of the new district Blokhoeve. The park was designed by Dijk&Co landscape architecture. It is a hilly grassland with loosely scattered trees.
Although it is a new park, the trees are quite old; several years ago the existing hungarian oak and linden trees were replanted, stored and placed back in the park after the construction period. The pathsystem is designed as a ‘liquid gel’ that connects all entrances and includes the sports- and playgrounds as a logical but playful pattern. The old location contained an old running track that was integrated in the new design. It now is a fresh running and skating track, that encloses the new sports and play functions.
The skate and play landscape was designed by Carve. The skate objects ‘stick’ to the inside edge of the track, and are made of light coloured concrete that forms a nice contrast with the dark asphalt of the track. Being a neighborhood park with a sporty character, the choice was made to integrate game and sport in the play objects, too. The play object, with its vertical tree trunk forest, balances the vertical direction of the mature
trees in the park. The play cubes, which hang tilted between trunk forest, are designed from the scale and perception of the child. The exterior of the same play objects, however, is a professional boulder wall, so parents are challenged to climb on it. The playcubes are placed quite high to prevent small children to climb on the outside. Nevertheless, children can crawl and climb from one cube to the other through elevated climbing paths. Two worlds are united in one object: they don’t blend but they do meet. With this, the children’s playground also becomes a playground for adults.
Project: Blokhoeve, Nieuwegein
Location: Blokhoeve, Nieuwegein (NL)
Landscape: Dijk&co Landschapsarchitectuur (Rob van Dijk)
Play- and sportslandscape: Carve
Carve team: Elger Blitz, Mark van der Eng, Milan van der Storm,
Jasper van der Schaaf