Nassauplein restored in full splendour
Published: 27 June 2012 Modified: 05 October 2012
The Nassauplein in The Hague’s Archipelbuurt has been restored in full splendour. New trees have been planted, street lighting has been improved, a new shell path has been created and benches have been put in place. Neighbourhood residents collected money for special lampposts.
The square's makeover was carried out in close consultation with the neighbourhood. The residents were in on brainstorming sessions on the park’s design and even collected money for classic-style lampposts. The project was a good example of how the municipality is giving residents a say in what happens in their own backyard. These types of initiatives have priority.
Beautiful (red) chestnut trees stood on the Nassauplein until 2004. Sadly the trees appeared to have succumbed to bleeding canker and had to be cut down. Only two of the original trees were left standing on the square. The municipality has now planted zelkova serratas, which have lovely red and orange foliage in the autumn.
The square was festively reopened on 26 June by Deputy Mayor Sander Dekker (City Management) and Deputy Mayor Marjolein de Jong (City Centre).
Sander Dekker and Marjolein de Jong reveal one of the lampposts on the Nassauplein. Photo by Henriëtte Guest.