One of the ambitions of the new downtown Bogaard is to be able to stay there. For the moment, the zone is not yet equipped for this. In recent months, the Municipality of Rijswijk has carried out a survey of traders, visitors, current and new residents and landlords on what they consider important to reflect in the public space.
The investigation does not concern the Bogaardplein
A total of 322 people responded to the survey. 270 people go to In de Bogaard for shopping and 23% of those interviewed live in the shopping center or next door. Most of those surveyed visit In de Bogaard once a week, then daily, bi-weekly and monthly. The area on which the questions were asked does not include the Bogaardplein, as the plans for this are already known and the implementation has already started. With the results of the survey, a new step was taken for the redevelopment of the public space of In de Bogaard.
Craving more green
When asked what people currently miss in In de Bogaard’s public space, rugged greenery, trees and plants, and planters are common first, followed by terraces and other seating areas. In terms of seating and benches, most respondents opt for seated edges along the green, followed by benches and picnic benches.
Renovation of the square of trees
Respondents also gave their opinion on the Bomenplein. Here is the desire to preserve the existing trees, the picnic benches and the mood lighting. Additionally, new trees, tree lanterns and more lighting will follow. The participants opted for a warm atmosphere for the new Steenvoordelaan square, and for the new Prinses Beatrixlaan park (Beatrixpark), preference was given to many trees and a neighborhood park with grassy hills.
More variety in the range of stores
People think green is important, but safety and good lighting are also essential. The current range of shops and restaurants is not what it used to be and, according to participants, something needs to be done to attract more visitors again. The ideas revolve around a positive shopping experience, avoiding hot tiles, keeping the space clean, and paying attention to sports and entertainment throughout the area.
The results of the survey are used in the development of the sketch design. This sketch will be presented online in mid-April / May via video. Ultimately, this will lead to a definitive design of public space, which must demonstrate the new identity of the city center, as well as the new development and new uses of public space. In mid-May 2021, In de Bogaard’s public space design project will be submitted to the municipal executive for adoption.