The Kanaal Gent-Terneuzen is a waterway between the city of Ghent in Belgium and the city of Terneuzen in the Netherlands. The canal ensures that Ghent has a connection to the open waters of the Westerschelde. A future enlargement of the canal will create an explosive growth of industrial activity along the canal. The villages surrounding the canal will suffer from a declining accessibility and a lack of recreational possibilities of the landscape.
Sluiskil lies between the N252 road to the west and the canal on the east side. The layout of the village is very diffuse, empty buildings and vacant lots give the village a desolate impression and a lack of vibrancy. It is expected that this situation will get worse because of developments like shrinkage and poor economic conditions.
By merging different strong usages of green on the undeveloped land in the outskirts of Sluiskil, a new park is created. Functions such as allotments, horse pastures or orchards can be started by the residents themselves and combined with collective functions like a ice skating rink, a petting zoo or a small campsite. By intensifying and merging different uses the undeveloped land is activated. All functions are enclosed by a hedge and public routes run from the village through the park. The design for the park is a system, not a fixed plan, because it strongly depends on the demands from the people living in Sluiskil.
Sluiskil, commissioned by the provence of Zeeland, landscape architecture, park design, LINT landscape architecture Utrecht Middelburg 2012