The Park at the Euromast was designed around 1850 by the well-known Haarlem landscape architects father and son Zochers. These men could paint with nature, they designed the water features, the overhanging willows and the picturesque vistas to sun-drenched fields.
The park has a dark green botanical garden, a French style garden for the Heerenhuys and fields of deep blue bells that bloom in spring. Many trees in the park are over a hundred years old. The monumental plane tree on the lawn along the Westzeedijk is the thickest tree in the city with a circumference of almost 6 meters. The old trees are alive with insects under the bark and bats in the crown. Tawny owls breed in the hollows and you can hear the spotted woodpecker tapping against the wood. Freshwater mussels live in the water and the blue heron hunts for fish.
Food and Festivals
There are various catering establishments in Het Park itself, such as Parqiet, or on the edge of it (towards the Maas). But most visitors bring their own food: the park is a popular place for picnics and barbecues. There are many public events, including the Day of Romantic Music and the Heerenhuys concerts, which perfectly match the atmosphere in the Park.
A green jewel in the city is Schoonoord, on the edge of the park on Kievitslaan. The historic garden was also created by the Zochers. It is a picturesque garden full of surprises. Fountains splash, ornamental chickens scurry around a small farm, and behind every bend hides a picturesque scene. A beekeeper is active in the garden. A kingfisher lives in the tree next to the Parklaanflat, the long-eared owls from the park hunt in the high trees. Schoonoord is open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.