Slotervaart and Overtoomse Veld are bordered by the A10 ring highway to the east, the recreation area Nieuwe Meer to the south, the green corridor of Sloterpark/Christoffel Plantijngracht to the west and Jan Evertsenstraat to the north.
Slotervaart was the name of a waterway that connected the village of Sloten to the lock Overtoomse Sluis since the Middle Ages. The name was later given to the canal which takes on any flood water from what is now Amsterdam’s Nieuw-West.
Until the 1950s, this agricultural area was often referred to as Amsterdam’s ‘vegetable patch’. Designed by city planner Cornelis van Eesteren, the neighbourhood was built up in the 1950s and 60s under the influence of the sober post-WWII years as a functionalist mix of low-, medium- and high-rise apartment blocks.
It is appropriate that Slotervaart is referred to as a ‘park city’, as it lies near such recreation areas as Rembrandtpark, Nieuwe Meer and Sloterpark. The whole area is being widely redeveloped as part of the urban renewal project ‘Direction Park City 2015’. There are several community hubs in the form of town squares: Mercatorplein, Surinameplein and Hoofddorpplein.
Between 1990 and 2010, the neighbourhood was an independent district and then fused with the rest of Nieuw-West in 2010. At the time, its city council representative Ahmed Marcouch, a Dutch-Moroccan, worked hard to bring attention to the need to integrate its residents.
Eating, drinking etc
Always a winner is to picnic and BBQ in the park. In recent years, several trendy dining and drinking options have arrived.