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Rooftop park in Dutch city offers something for everyone

Arnhem, a small city in the Netherlands, created a thriving open-air public space atop a parking garage. (RUIMTEVOLK/flickr/cc)

Holland is the most densely populated country in the European Union and among the most compact nations in the world. As a result, even smaller cities sometimes struggle to find space for parks. Angel Trinidad reports in The Pop-Up City that Arnhem, a modest-sized city in eastern Holland, has devised an enterprising solution: a rooftop community center.

Located atop a seven-story parking garage, Roof Garden Arnhem is much more than a garden. It’s a miniature park, performance venue, open-air bar and ping pong parlor. It’s also a place to relax with friends, family and neighbors. The unusual public space emphasizes eco-friendly design: solar panels generate electricity and the furniture is sourced from recycled wood pallets.

The concept, spearheaded by three entrepreneurial citizens with the help of volunteers, is modeled after the Dalston Roof Park in London, the article says. The rooftop is open through the summer. During the winter months, the city shifts the activity indoors at another location.

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