Published: 20 January 2022 Last change: 271 January 2030
How should public space in The Hague look like? How do we make it greener, sportier and more suitable for meetings? And what is needed for all that? These questions are answered in the principles of the framework memorandum on public space that the Municipal Executive sent to the municipal council. Until 2030 the focus is on, for example, taking into account more intensive use and management of public space. There must also be sufficient green public space, and the quality of life must not be at the expense of increased parking pressure due to the addition of new homes.
Two rules apply. In the case of a (re)design of the public space, at least the existing proportion of greenery and water must be maintained. The aim is also to achieve a growth of the surface area green of five percent in the period up to 2030.
Alderman for Outdoor Space Hilbert Bredemeijer: “Public space in the most densely populated city in the Netherlands is scarce. We must cherish the space we have. In recent years, due to the growth of the city, the pressure on the existing city has increased and the public space is used more intensively. That requires making choices. This memorandum sets frameworks for this, based on sufficient space for the outdoor space: for meeting, relaxation and accommodation.” Alderman for Outdoor Space Hilbert Bredemeijer: “Public space in the most densely populated city in the Netherlands is scarce. We must cherish the space we have.” Of this memorandum2030 gives the municipality priority to public space and provides clear frameworks of what is and what is not is conducive to a pleasant and liveable city. The municipality gives priority to the goals: inclusive public space to facilitate meeting and stay, a public space that challenges people to move and play, making public space climate-adaptive, and a safe and comfortable space for pedestrians and cyclists.
Bredemeijer: “The Hague does not belong to the city hall, but to all of us. Residents and entrepreneurs have a direct interest. Participation gives them influence on their own living environment. In addition, we will work on the basis of the ‘green, unless…’ principle. This will ensure that the city remains green and becomes greener. Because living in a city with lots of greenery is good. After all, we don’t just live in The Hague, we live there.”