Parking instead of parking – Bottrop action failed this year

HHG students turned parking lots into staging posts—which should be the case in many places. That fails, the analysis begins.

The Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium (HHG) students stand admiring the building in the parking lot of their gym. During the project week, a group of schoolchildren created a comfortable place for schoolchildren to live here from three parking lots. The deck boards, colorfully planted beds and trees as eye-catchers at the end – will be easy to hold on to here in the future.

In fact, school groups set up parks here, and in this way take part in the parks rather than the parking campaigns that the city demands. The planning office hopes as many citizens as possible will take part and turn a dreary parking lot into a beautiful waiting area. They should invite you to linger during the hot summer months.

Only two Bottrop schools took part in the end

What sounds good in theory turns out to be a flop – we have to put it that way. Because except for HHG and Josef-Albers-Gymnasium, no one has wanted to build a park like that. Strictly speaking, the school building does not meet the requirements that must be met to receive official funding. Instead, the city uses its own funds to realize school projects.

Because of the problem in this case: Strictly speaking, the school built the parklet on private land. They changed the parking lot, but they were in the school grounds. However, the funds can only be used for campaigns in public street spaces, clearly visible to all residents, explains Natascha Dietz, department head at the city planning office.

In the past there was always a day of action in the Bottrop district

Namely being responsible for the action and there also about the cause of the research. Why didn’t it work out this year? The campaign doesn’t take place on Bottrop for the first time. However, this time in a different situation. There used to be only one day of action in one of the Bottrop districts. There, parking spaces along designated roads are freed up for other activities for a day. The interest is great, there are regular acts that find their audience.

This year later changed, parklets should be built everywhere in the city area. The city government has provided funding, construction instructions and other things to support it and hopes Bottrop residents will get involved and change individual parking spaces over the next two months or so. “We now have to check whether this idea is not well received,” said Natascha Dietz.

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However, there is definitely interest in the run-up, he said, referring to the information event as well as specific questions from the employee in charge. However, after that, nothing happened, so they would ask again why it happened.

Maybe because of the restrictions the city had to make. The Road Traffic Service has made it a requirement that such action be permitted only in areas of the road where the maximum speed is 30 km/h. Another problem could be, Natascha Dietz assumes: “We ask for a lot of cooperation.”

In fact, the construction of such a park is very complex, which may actually put a lot of people off. Others, on the other hand, may fear trouble with their neighbors if they further limit the sometimes very narrow parking spaces on the street.

The City of Bottrop has planned to apply for funding every two years

In fact, the goal is to perpetuate the Parks Instead of Parking campaign – behind which stands the Working Group on Pedestrian and Bike-Friendly Cities, which Bottrop is also part of – reports Natascha Dietz of the considerations. Funding must be applied every two years. So no funds are available for the coming year. Time will now be used to analyze how to proceed. The idea behind this campaign is actually to show what might happen if the car was given a little space. “We don’t want a festival that is fun for residents for one day,” Natascha Dietz explained the previous considerations.

After all, the students at HHG managed to turn a desolate concrete surface in three days during their project week on sustainability. Students have long complained about the lack of seats, says teacher Kathrin Asholt. Companies from the region then support students with additional wood, plants and labour. So now an impressive result – and one that costs a lot of sweat on a hot day. Christian Walter (17) put it this way: “Anyone who goes here without getting sunburnt does magic.”

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In the end it was a great community experience and a great result, says Sina Baltes (16). “The effort was not in vain.” This is also reflected in the recognition of his classmates. “A super thing,” praised one job.

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