29 November 2013

Rotterdam inaugurates the first large-scale square for water storage, greenery and sport

by Rosa Vicari / École des Ponts ParisTech

On 4th December, the first large-scale water square of Rotterdam City will officially open. 

Benthemplein was originally a fully paved square that has been transformed in an attractive area with space for water storage, sports fields and greenery. 

The festive opening will be presided by Deltacommittee chair Wim Kuijken , together with Chris van der Velden, the Waterboard’s highest representative and Eldermen van Huffelen and BerndsenThe working of the water square will be fully demonstrated, from its water storage function to the added value it has for the local neighbourbood.

This unique water square is a direct contribution to the Rotterdam Waterplan and Climate Adaptation Strategy, supported by Rotterdam’s water partners.

The high resolution rainfall radar that is installed under the RainGain project will support optimal operation of the water square’s storage capacity: it will provide detailed, local rainfall nowcasts to make sure the water square filling is fully under control.

More information is available at: www.rotterdamclimateinitiative.nl, or in this short video.

(Source: Rotterdam City)
Daniel Goedbloed, Rotterdam City
Marie-Claire ten Veldhuis, RainGain project coordinator