In addition to the upgrading of existing elements, we also made adjustments for the purpose of the current use. One of the important starting points is to be respectful of the Floriade heritage. The annual dance festival, Mysteryland, should also be taken into account, which means around 100,000 visitors in two days. We have, based on the survey 44 action points that we have divided in controls, remedial measures and new development plans. After approval of the area vision report we have been commissioned to work out in detail the subarea Haarlemmermeersebos.
The Floriade 2002 consists of three subareas:
Park area realized in 2002 that is dominated by a display area of 27,800 m2, with a solar panels covered glass roof. On both sides of a pedestrian green axis, which forms a sightline through the intersection of the Geniedijk and the summit of Big Spotters Hill, are large car parks are situated. After crossing of Zuidtangent (a car-free bus lane), wherethere is also a busstop, the visitor reaches through a wide arched path, the intersection of the Geniedijk, and also the next park area.
Big Spotters Hill and islands
Also in 2002 created sleek architectural designed park area. The geometric structure is intersected by a curved main path, the boardwalk, which connects the contemporary designed park area Expo Haarlemmermeer via Big Spotters Hill with the romantic-style Haarlemmermeersebos.
Big Spotters Hill, a prominent height with a view, is a pyramid of grass with a base of 230 x 230 m and a height of 40 m. On top of the hill is a lookout point that is accessible both by stairs as a ramp. From the top a pattern of square islands is visible, on which hedges of 60 x 60 m form large grass spaces.
In various sorts of hedges the logo Floriade is shaped and from this top easy to spot. Through a terraduct over the Three Merenweg, the Zuidtangent and the IJtocht one reaches the following park area.
A recreation area built in the early seventies around a twenty-five-meter-deep sandpit lake, of which the northern part belonged to the Floriadeterrein. The undulating forms, alternation in elevation, vistas, groves and the central water garden will evoke the atmosphere of a romantic landscape park. Sheltered valleys are laid out and the diversity of plants is increased.
This more than forty years old park offers shelter and a beautiful green backdrop for a variety of gardens including a perennial garden, water garden, rose garden and emotion gardens. From a variety of green bastions, it offers a surprising view over the park and the lake. The south-western shore, a circuit of the oval grass spaces, breathes, thanks to the large water - and swamp cypresses, still an exotic atmosphere. In a striking building, the former Haarlemmermeer Pavilion, which, as it seems, rises from the northwest shore of the lake, there is a restaurant. Through a corridor of running water the visitor reaches the deck of this futuristic building. From here one can enjoy a beautiful view over the lake, with its variety of natural and with huge rocks shaped banks. Near the restaurant is a car park is situated in the park .Outside the park, between IJtocht and second IJtocht, there is another car park which is also suitable for motorhomes and it can be used at large events.
We are now further developing this last quarter. An important management rull for the Haarlemmermeersebos is, to replace the more than forty-year-old poplars with more sustainable trees. Not all areas at the same time, but spread over a period of several years. As part of the repair work, the routing between the Floriade site and connecting South-western part of the Haarlemmermeerse bos will be significantly improved. Another improvement measure is bringing back the open view on the Lake, especially from the various entrances.
New plans are created for the following special areas:
- Special Bulbs Valley
- Emotion Gardens
- Perennial Garden and Water plants Garden
By all the proposed measures the Floriade site will be attractive again, while nature values increases as well. It forms an attractive area for recreation, but also for flora and fauna.