Dr Colin Howard

Dear Sir / Madam,

I am writing to you in connection with the plans to redevelop the
Scheveningse Bosjes, Waterpartij and the Westbroekpark to form the
International Park. Having looked through the plans, although there are some
nice features, it appears to me that The City of The Hague would be giving
up some of it’s (close to) natural woodland in favour of an unnatural and
sterile park.

Although I am a British national I have lived in The Hague for 14 years.
Throughout that period I have made use of and enjoyed the Scheveningse
Bosjes in particular, with my wife, my children and my dog. The trees are
gorgeous and I have seen many wild flowers and mushrooms and even red
squirrels in this area. I love the peacefulness and would hate to see this
broken by a large paddling pool, restaurant and festival area. I can easily
go to Scheveningen if I want that sort of entertainment. I would prefer that
the woods stay as they are.

I would suggest that instead of making the International Park money could be
spent on upkeep of the paths in the existing woods and replacement of the
amenities in the existing playground. I see that the plans also involve the
removal of a large number of trees. Although I feel that the woodland needs
to be managed, this should be to help keep a diverse fauna and flora and not
to accomodate a grand plan to entertain the international community. So, not
in my name please.

I think the words of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” are appropriate:

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swinging hot spot
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
Shoo-bop-bop-bop-bop, shoo-bop-bop-bop!

I don’t want The Hague to not realize what it has before it’s gone.

Yours sincerely
Dr. Colin Howard


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