Published: February 4 9596Last change: February 4 9596
This week, The Hague presents a draft future vision for Scheveningen. The oldest seaside resort in the Netherlands. With the growth of The Hague – which until 2022 will mainly take place within the existing city – the significance of Scheveningen as a place for relaxation, sports and workplace is more important than ever.
Alderman Saskia Bruines: “Healthy and sustainable will be central in the coming years. The plan includes concrete and ambitious milestones for a quality boost, bringing together different policy areas, such as the economy, mobility and security.” With the concept Vision for the future, the municipality wants to shape the policy surrounding Scheveningen in dialogue with residents, companies, knowledge institutions and other stakeholders.
Alderman Anne Mulder: ”Scheveningen has a rich history. It is not for nothing that it is the most visited seaside resort in the Netherlands. To ensure that we keep Scheveningen liveable, I think it is important to listen carefully to the inhabitants. That is why I want to involve them, so that we can tackle the challenges together and arrive at a supported plan for the future.”The Hague: City by the Sea The visitor economy in The Hague is worth about 2.2 billion euros every year. Where other seaside resorts are isolated in the dunes and stand on their own, Scheveningen brings The Hague to the sea. With this location, there are many trump cards in hand. Think of the sports beach, fishing, the marina, the village and the entertainment around the Pier and the Kurhaus. The aim is to improve the quality of facilities and spatial planning in Scheveningen, with an eye for the connection with the hinterland.
“A point of attention here is that the economy of Scheveningen currently relies heavily on beach tourism and therefore has to do with peak days and seasonal dependence. The ambition is to attract visitors outside the high season and to broaden the economy. All future choices must therefore contribute to a healthy and sustainable Scheveningen-Bad. The car is therefore no longer the obvious choice for visitors in the long term, because this leads to nuisance on busy days, according to Bruines”.
History of Scheveningen: from fishing village to most visited seaside resort in the Netherlands In 1818 the first bathhouse – now known as the Kurhaus – was opened. In the years that followed, Scheveningen benefited from the rise of spa tourism and the attention for bathing in the sea to prevent and combat ailments. From the early years ’56 prosperity in the Netherlands increased and people got more time for recreation. This development strongly influences the character of the seaside resort. Instead of a long stay by the sea, tourists opt for a shorter period.
Anne Mulder: “Partly due to the opening of the public attractions such as the Circustheater, Holland Casino and the Pathé cinema, Scheveningen has grown into the most visited seaside resort in the Netherlands. Also in winter, evening and in bad weather enough entertainment.”Establishment of Future Vision This concept vision is based on existing policy, studies and a large number of discussions with stakeholders such as young people, entrepreneurs and the Safe and Liveable Scheveningen working group. The present vision is on the agenda for the next municipal administration and the municipal council. Watch here the complete concept of the Scheveningen vision for the future.