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Koekamp to be improved: more green, more trees

Published: 19 November 2019Modified: 19 November 2019

The Koekamp city park will be fixed up. The work started on 7 November and cyclists and pedestrians will be diverted.

The city park with the deer pasture will get an extra 3,000 square metres of valuable nature area. An additional 16 trees will be planted, there will be less pavement and better connections to the Haagse Bos. After the refurbishment the Koekamp will function as an entrance to the Hollandse Duinen National Park. This park is the wide coastal area from Hoek van Holland to Hillegom in Zuid-Holland.

Better connection to Haagse Bos

The work is part of the total overhaul of the area around The Hague’s Central Station. The Municipality of The Hague and Staatsbosbeheer (State Forest Management), which owns the land, are working together on the project. By constructing a wider overpass over the A12 the Koekamp will have a better connection with the Haagse Bos. Cyclists and pedestrians will then be able to go back and forth between the 2 nature areas more easily and safely. Staatsbosbeheer will open up a portion of the Koekamp now closed to the public.

Artist’s impression of the Koekamp
Artist’s impression of the Koekamp

Restoration

To restore the park to its former glory 27 trees will be replanted but 36 trees will unfortunately also have to be cut down. A study was done to decide which trees will have to go. By planting 52 trees, the Koekamp will get an extra 16 trees. Consultations were held with many interested parties and area residents over a long period of time in order to figure out the best design. The municipality still needs to wait for the court ruling on the plans for replanting and cutting down trees. Work will be carried out in the winter months so that the flora and fauna are not disturbed.  

Accessibility

The Koekamp will not be open from November 2019 to March 2020. Pedestrians and cyclists can follow the diversions. The cycle path on the Koekamp side of the Bezuidenhoutseweg will remain open as long as possible. As of February 2020 work will be carried out here and the cycle path will be closed. The footpath on the water side of the Laan van Reagan & Gorbatsjov will be closed. The footpath and cycle path on the Koekamp side of the Boslaan will remain open as long as possible. As of February 2020 work will be carried out here and the footpath and cycle path will be closed.

Watch the video about the Koekamp and the A12 overpass