Agenda for Maas riverside park from fort to fort

A landscape park with coherence and room for manoeuvre

The Maas riverside park is a vision for a landscape park stretching between Fort Crèvecoeur in the estuary of the Dieze near ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Fort Sint-Andries near Heerewaarden, where the Maas and the Waal were once joined.

This project was initiated in September 2015 by the local authorities of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Maasdriel as an elaboration of the Delta Rivers Programme. The project explores the feasibility and effectiveness of measures affecting the River Maas to improve protection against flooding in combination with related regional and local opportunities. By now the Multi-Year Investment Programme (MIRT) research phase has been reached.

The Maas riverside park plan consists of a package of measures to ensure that residents and companies are better protected against the risk of flooding in a way that provides many extra opportunities and qualities for the surroundings. The expected effect is a drop in the water level of around 20 cm in combination with taking advantage of spatial opportunities. The result is a landscape park with scope for more nature and in which cultural history becomes more visible. The landscape park is accessible by improved cycle and pedestrian routes, leaving room for many different functions. Farmers will have the guarantee of being able to continue their activities in the future.

The overarching objective is linking: linking the two river banks with one another, and linking different parts of the interfluvial riverside landscape by land and water. The aim is to achieve the right balance between coherence and room for manoeuvre.
The Maas riverside park occupies an important key position in a number of larger supra-regional structures such as the Southern Water Line and the areas of the Maas and the Waal outside the dikes. It links them with local projects such as the Zandmeren in the forelands of Maasdriel and the recreational and ecological development of the Máxima Canal.

An unique and productive collaboration between local and regional authorities, water boards, the Department of Public Works and the ministry has developed an overarching course within a short space of time. Harmonisation has also been achieved with the Southern Agriculture and Horticulture Organisation (ZLTO) and its national counterpart (LTO), the Society for the Preservation of Monuments in the Netherlands, Forestry Management, and private and other interested parties.
The feasibility of some essential components of the Maas riverside park will be further investigated in combination with the Multi-Year Investment Programme exploratory leader Ravenstein-Lith.

Location: between ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Maasdriel

Client(s): local authorities of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Maasdriel

In collaboration with: LievenseCSO

Area: approx. 2100 ha

Design year: 2016


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