Photo: Erik Van Eycken
Bonheiden / Rijmenam –
Rijmenam is one of the nominated (sub) municipalities competing for the 2021 Public Space Prize. The center of the village has been meticulously addressed, for example the renovation of Stationsplein and the ovond at the church.
The Prix de l’Espace Public, an organization of the Point Info Espace Public, is an annual recognition awarded to exceptional renovations in the village core. The call for public space projects invariably generates dozens of submissions, from which an independent professional jury nominates five projects and chooses a winner. Rijmenam is one of the nominees for the Audience Award. Spatial Planning Advisor Mieke Van den Brande (CD&V): “The jury was particularly happy that we achieved something beautiful in a small town in a small room. Rijmenam has become a gem. We sent a photo before and one after the work, which made all the difference ”, explain the ships.
One of the most important achievements is the construction of the roundabout at the intersection of Dijleweg and Lange Dreef, but the redevelopment of the Stationsplein has become the deciding factor, according to Van den Brande. “We did not retain the first design with plane trees that referred to the south, but we opted for the design with a WADI with rainwater infiltration and thus created a whole new place which is gradually transformed into a place meeting with lots of color thanks to Flowers. It also creates great biodiversity. Every time I pass I see people sitting on the benches. It has in no way become a dead square ”. In addition to a meeting place, you can also park in the square. “In this way, we took into account the accessibility of our traders.”
Vote until May 30 via www.congrespubliekeruimte.info/prijs-publieke-ruimte.