City park for summer recreation
When temperatures rise, Vroesenpark Rotterdam is one of the favorite spots to go. Especially young people come together to meet their friends, play sports, and enjoy laid back barbeques.
Living just a two minutes walk away from the park, we simply could not resist shooting this video. Enjoy our ‘summer in the city’ footage of last weekend.
Popular picnic and barbecue area
Vroesenpark is a real city park. This popular green area is located between the Gordelweg and Stadhoudersweg in the Blijdorp district. The park was built in 1929 by city architect W. G. Witteveen. Partly realized as a job creation project. You’ll find hiking trails, playgrounds, a fishing pond and places to play football, picnic and barbecue.
Vroesenpark cut down during World War II
In 1940, the southern part of the park became part of the Rotterdam Zoo, called Diergaarde Blijdorp. The rest of the park was cut down by residents in the winter between 1944 and 1945, during the World War II.
A major shortage of food and fuel at the end of this war led to famine, especially in the cities of the western part of the Netherlands.
A real people’s park
In 1948 a completely new plan for the Vroesenpark was designed by landscape architect J.T.P. Bijhouwer. In the western part tennis courts were built. The rest of the park was designed as a real people’s park, instead of an ornamental park. The park was reopened in 1958.
Fortunately, nowadays the park is mainly known as a place to chill. A place to escape the bustle of the city. Once the sun is shining, and temperatures are above 15 degrees, people come together for that real summer vibe.
If you ever visit Rotterdam in summer, don’t forget to drop by!
Rotterdam tourist information tools
Vroesenpark location on Google Maps.