Oosterspoorbaanpark

Utrecht the Netherlands

Green connection
After more than a century trains no longer use the Oosterspoorbaan. Bikes and pedestrians are the new users of this new city park that connects the historical city centre of Utrecht with the green estates of Rhijnauwen and Amelisweerd. These act as the green belt around Utrecht. The intensely used path along the historical river Kromme Rijn is connected to the new park Oosterspoorbaan

Train history
The double track is still present in the new park. As a reminder of the former use the recycled rails are visible in the sidewalks and recreational seating squares. Bij maintaining the rail portals and adding additional columnary beech trees the historical line will stay visible in the city.

Co-creation
In close consultation with local residents it was decided to express the train history on the former embankment. The surrounding area has a more natural look. In addition, the neighborhood voted in favor of the concept where the cycling route is partly on and partly located next to the railway embankment. This created a diverse routing for the new kilometer-long city park.