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History of the Rheinaue Leisure Park


In 1968, a first expert report was made about ways of developing the Rheinaue, an area between Bonn, Beuel and Bad Godesberg, at that time still autonomous municipalities. A nation-wide competition was held for conceptual propositions in 1970. The first and second prize-winners were invited to submit preliminary blueprints.
The "spiritual father” of the park, Gottfried Hansjakob, had a spacious modelling of the terrain in mind with a gentle transition from the landscape part to the built-up urban areas. For this purpose the park was split in three zones: the strip of flood plain along the bank of the Rhine, a zone with clusters of trees and a mixed area with vantage points in the transition zone towards the city.
A novelty in the execution of the biggest landscaping project of its time in the Federal Republic was the absence of fences in order to enable the citizens to use the recreation area from the very beginning. The 15 hectare lake in the flood-plain zone was equipped with bitumen and an insulated wall to prevent its water level from adjusting to that of the Rhine.

The Rheinaue Leisure Park was completed on time for the Federal Horticultural Show 1979. After that event of 178 days´ duration, the park was handed over as a recreation area to the Bonners and their guests. Bonn´s green heart with its surface of 160 hectares (of which 35 hectares on the right bank of the Rhine) is almost the size of downtown Bonn.

Last update: February 20, 2015



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