The Dutch Forestry Commission will upgrade the Malieveld in July and August 2018. The work should ensure that the field remains decent for events and demonstrations. The field has been damaged over the last few years and is no longer flat. Due to poor water drainage there are often enormous puddles left standing after a rain shower. During the project it will not be possible to use the Malieveld.
The work will start on 4 July and will be ready at the beginning of September 2018. The field will be made flat again on the front section of the Malieveld seen from the Koningskade. The Forestry Commission will also sow new grass seed. This will take approximately 2 weeks and then the grass will need about 6 weeks to grow. A new drainage system will be constructed and the foundation will be reinforced on the back part of the field.
Several parts of the grass field will also be reinforced. The path along the Koekamplaan will be paved so that it can withstand the volume of vehicular traffic. The work will be nearly ready at the beginning of September.
July and August not on the Malieveld
During the months of July and August you will not be able to go onto the Malieveld. Trucks will be delivering and removing equipment. The municipality does not expect the noise levels to be bothersome. The front section of the Malieveld will reopen at the beginning of September. Grass seed will just will just have been sown in the back section and will probably be open again at the beginning of October.
Sustainable power supply
The makeover is also a chance to make the power supply more sustainable for organisers of events and concerts in the future. Currently organisers often use diesel generators for their energy supply. These can be quite stinky and heavily polluting. The municipality would like to cut down on this. Organisers will therefore be able to tap into energy from the cable-wiring in the ground. Pipes will be buried in the ground for these cables along the borders of the entire Malieveld. The pipes can also be used for water and fibre optic cable, for example. The Forestry Commission would like to provide green energy in the future. Diesel generators will remain necessary for large-scale events, however.