So for those fancy people who have been living here for awhile and those who are not from Amsterdam yes we do have parks but not only the Vondelpark peeps.
Today I have therefore decided to introduce you to the Westerpark which is also in the heart of the city and for free as well.
You might think its sounds familiar that is because that place where you go for concerts “westergasfabriek” is located at the park.
What can you find there: Big green areas ,a theater, a cinema, an exhibition space and an events stage, a kiddies farm and so much more. Great spaces to go for a long stroll,have a barbecue that is not allowed and enjoy the sun.
A bit of History of the origins of the park:
The original park has been established in 1891. It served this quiet, working class area of Amsterdam, which bears the same name – Westerpark. Located behind the park was a gas factory built in 1883 by British Imperial Continental Gas Association. Both – the park and the factory were located at the straight road leading to Harlem – Haarlemmerweg.
It all started to change in 1960’s. Resources of the natural gas had been found in the North Sea. The gas factory became obsolete. Since then its buildings were used only for storage, or just stood empty. At the same time a strong anarchic movement of youth squatters (Dutch: krakers) by occupying some of the buildings saved them from demolition. The aesthetical values also changed – the old city installations started to look original, their architecture began to be valued. In 1989 old red brick buildings received the status of industrial monuments. The whole area of the municipal gas and water installations has been remodeled, trees planted and in 2003 Westergasfabriek has been opened to the public.
Haarlemmerweg 8-10, 1014 BE Amsterdam