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Preparatory Studies

Areas of parkland and Open spaces

Huthpark, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

One of the project’s main planning objectives for the area in question is to boost the quality of open spaces with a view to enhancing their appeal and local recreation facilities, as well as to improving the microclimate.

The planning concept that has been developed can create the conditions for relinking the parklands between the districts of Bornheim, Seckbach, and Nordend, which has been fragmented since the construction of the A661 interstate, and putting in place a continuous, publicly accessible stretch of parkland running from Lohrberg, through Huthpark, as far as Günthersburgpark.

There is currently (as at 2012) an initial master plan devised by Glück Landschaftsarchitektur for the area of parkland that is to be restructured. Further in-depth project work is going ahead in conjunction with the specified plans for covering the A661 interstate.

In the opinion of Glück Landschaftsarchitektur, overall the area of parkland could feature different types of open space:

As natural elements of the countryside, the large areas Huthpark, Günthersburgpark, Wasserpark and the cemetery in Bornheim will not be revamped with new facilities, but rather integrated in the open space system and their importance thus emphasized. Furthermore, when the Parks Department depot is no longer in use, Günthersburgpark will be considerably larger.

The “Green Center” on top of the structure covering the A661 interstate is the main new landscape element in the master plan area. It is intended to serve as a multi-use and recreational space, as well as a place for sporting activities.

The open space will be accessed by two different types of paths: A primary network of paths will be created by means of park promenades, while a subordinate system will provide direct routes and make the parks easier to reach and leave by foot or bicycle.

The existing allotments will be supplemented by new communal gardens and will evolve into a diverse system of open spaces. To this end, interventions in existing private allotments will be unavoidable. Weighing up public interest in the development of housing quarters, publicly usable green links, and the construction of the structure covering the A661 interstate, the interests of existing private allotment users must in some cases take a back seat.

The City of Frankfurt/Main is evaluating what compensation to offer existing users for the possible loss of the gardens. Various methodologies have been developed and will be advanced in the course of further studies. The adventure playground will stay at ist current location.