Leisure activities and clean energy on former landfills
Landfill sites are common in post-industrial areas, as are the challenges of securing them and making use of the space when no longer in use.
Their well-exposed high shapes can however be an advantage; they are ideal for producing solar or wind energy, their slopes can be used for different sports, and they provide scenic views when converted into public parks.
Use of the Deusenberg landfill site stopped in 1992 and since then the area has gradually been re-cultivated. Photovoltaic energy production started on one part of the land in 2017 and the area is now publicly accessible. The Deusenberg site is a popular recreation area for mountain-biking, bird-watching, hiking and walking. Under proGIreg a green corridor will be created to close a gap within the Deusenberg path system thus enhancing access.
In the western part of today`s Gustav-Heinemann-Park a brick manufacture was operating between 1900 and 1925. Until the end of the 1960´s, all buildings were deconstructed, and the park area was partly filled with material from the brick manufacture and mine dump. In the 1980´s a 4 hectare park area was constructed which now has large green areas with an old tree population. Under proGIreg several devices supporting physical activities to enhance balance and coordination skills will be installed, inviting park users to leave the paths and get active.
Zenica plans to convert the landfill of industrial waste, which is currently dangerous and unsanitary, into a space which can be enjoyed by the local communities. Planting trees will help prevent landslides and provide shade for the area.