Hengelo with a population of over 80,000 is situated in the eastern Netherlands.
The project is looking at the Weusthag area (200 ha), is a sizable green space area surrounded by dense built neighbourhood. The park provides much needed space for sports and recreation and has specific status as a water protection area.
The aim of developing the Weusthag Park, as the Park of Connection was to build a connecting space between city neighbourhoods rather than the area being a dividing space to local communities.
Improve the social value of the Weusthag and make better use of the opportunities presented by this urban fringe area to increase the quality of life for citizens living close by. Specifically, the project wanted to deliver a landscape park, that would be well maintained and used by a diverse range of people for different purposes, such as nature, sports, culture and education. Increased social importance for this urban fringe area will help protect its future role in the city.