The aim of the investment is “to create an innovative and attractive set of sports and play areas for the inhabitants of Amsterdam,” the municipality wrote. According to Council member Simon Cockenheim (Sports), sport is good for both physical and mental health and therefore good for Amsterdam residents.
Koukenheim: There is a lot of construction and expansion work in the city, by sporting standards. This means that there is no development of the region without sport being an integral part of it. Through this major investment in existing and new facilities, we are contributing to achieving the sporting standard. ”
Especially in the North, major investments are being made in new sports facilities. There, De Weeren Sports Park will be reused with two new hockey fields. This means North will have a new hockey club. Construction of the new Elzenhagen sports hall, a new sports hall at Meidoornweg and a new sports park with gymnasium in Hamerkwartier will also start.
The funds will also be used to rejuvenate De Mirandabad in the south and make it more sustainable, and preparations will begin for the new Jaap Eden Ice Complex next to the existing ice rink in the east. Two additional hockey and soccer fields are being constructed in IJburg as the start of the first phase of the sports park expansion. Earlier it was announced that a new sports complex would be built on the roof of a parking garage in Zuidoost. These plans are part of this investment.
Especially in IJburg, investments will be greeted with cheers. During the construction of the new residential area, very little space was set aside for sports there and there are long waiting lists for children at the local hockey and soccer club.