Amsterdam South-East has gained a new park: the Brasapark, built on top of the roof of a busy motorway tunnel (the A9). Instead of rushing traffic, there is now a 3 kilometer long green zone, which is connected to the Nelson Mandela and Gaasperpark. Local residents have had a lot of say in the design of the park, which is a first!
A park like an embrace
The name of the park is a tribute to Roy Ristie, who wanted to rename the park Brasapark. The Surinamese-Dutch presenter and politician represented the Surinamese community in the Bijlmer and was a council member in Zuidoost for eight years.
What is there to do
In the Brasapark you can walk, cycle and skate. There is a playground that is also suitable for children with disabilities. And there is a public garden, the Gardens of Brasa. This garden was created by local residents.
The park is not yet completely finished at the moment, the municipality and local residents are still working hard on the finishing touch. An urban sports zone will be constructed at the end of 2023, where you can freerun, street dance and do strength training in a calisthenics course. There will also be barbecue areas, toilets, water taps, extra benches and trash cans.
The park will be festively opened on 17 and 18 September with numerous activities. Take a quick look at the activities website for extensive agenda information. If you want to know more about the park itself, check out the website of the Municipality of Amsterdam .