Assen has benefited from significant urban renewal in recent years, with the Drents Museum renewed, and the De Kolk Music Center updated.
This week ambitious plans will be presented for the central square in Assen: the Koopmansplein, reports the Asser Courant.
There will be two green gardens, a playground with a stage, a terrace and lots of trees, flower boxes and seats. Architects OKRA won the commission following a public vote, where their proposal garnered 40% of all votes cast.
Not everyone is happy with the new Koopmansplein, though, with critics saying that the square will soon no longer have room for large public events, such as the TT.
According to a local resident, the draft submitted to the city council on Thursday evening does not meet the original starting points as set by the municipality.
“Not at all,” he said. “In order to keep space for large events, it was agreed that all elements would be movable, including the trees. We see nothing in of the sort. “
The municipality of Assen has said that the square will still have “sufficient space to hold events for up to 7,000 visitors.”
Image via OKRA architects on Facebook.