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15.07.2013 10:30 Age: 11 yrs

Cool Nature Park in Tiel opened

The Cool Nature park in the Dutch city of Tiel opened on 16 June 2013.This former land fill has been transformed into a park where children can play and learn about the effects of climate change. The location, hidden in the corner of the river Waal and the Amsterdam-Rhine channel, has been a forgotten area for a long time. After decontamination of the landfill and based on a new participatory design, the park now forms a green prolongation of the housing area. Due to its height, the park offers spectacular views on the river Waal and, on warm days, people can benefit from the cool breeze.

The hospital in Tiel is now greener and cooler, too. A beautiful green roof was realised as part of the Future Cities project. Apart from its cooling effects this roof offers other particular benefits: several departments overlook the green roof and patients, for instance from the dialysis department, highly appreciate their improved view. One of the staff members had a great addition: Three beehives were placed on the roof, improving the biodiversity and liveliness of the roof.