There’s a Dutch magazine called Roots that has been conducting a search for the best city parks in the country. After an initial round of inspection and voting, they’ve narrowed down the choice to 12. One of those is the Griftpark here in Utrecht.
It’s a park I visit often and I can see why it has made the list. It sits on land reclaimed from an industrial site, creating a large green urban oasis just outside the old city center. As well as the traditional open green spaces, it has numerous other amenities, which probably influenced its choice over other parks. It has a restaurant/café, an area for skateboarding, basketball courts, a children’s playground, a city farm with a variety of animals, ponds, a wealth of vegetation and a nature center, art, and even a man-made hill that gives you a panoramic view of the city.
Voting is easy and doesn’t require a great deal of signing in/registering. In fact, if you have a Facebook account, it’s as simple as clicking the “Like/Vind het leuk” button on the park’s page. The photo on the park’s page shows some of the nature walk pathway. I’ll share a few other photos of things to see and do at the park. So if you like Utrecht’s Griftpark, please vote for it! Voting ends 31 August.