July 24, 2016
I started Den Haag To Go in March ’15, but I was playing with the thought a long time before that, this park has a lot to do with it. Let me tell you more about it.
I think it was Summer ’14 when I drove past this park when the idea came up. During that time, The Hague and particular the Schilderswijk and Stationswijk, were on the news a few times, most of what the media said was negative. I was riding my bike when I passed the playground at Oranjeplein in the early morning. There is a huge playground, in which kids had built a couple of small wooden cabins, I think it was somesort of Summer school activity. The playground was still closed and the sun just came up… The playground and the square looked so incredibly peaceful and relaxed.
Later that day I passed the park again, this time it was filled with playing kids, laughing and enjoying themselfs. Kids of all different nationalities, totally harmless and unaware of what the media was saying. Kids just being kids and parents just enjoying the park and making small talk; peaceful and happily together.
The Hague at its best
This was the moment that I thought: Well, this is the ‘real’ The Hague in all of her beauty and this is what I want to show this. Many nationalities living in such a small area, and the positive vibe in the park was unbelievable. And it still is.
Everyday I pass the park to go to HS station and the only thing I see is people having a good time on the basketball field, the swings, in the grass or enjoying one of the table tennis tables.
So yes, for me this is definitely a ‘to go’ if you want to experience The Hague with kids, in a multicultural, peacefull and green environment!
2515 GE Den Haag