Easter Monday marked the opening of the latest park in Nijmegen called the “Rivierpark”. This park is the final result of latest high water protection for the city Nijmegen.
The River Waal narrows into a bootleneck and makes a sharp bend at Nijmegen. This caused the Waal to flood in 1993 and 1995. To protect Nijmegen from high water and future flooding, the dike at Nijmegen-Lent side was moved 350m north. By doing this, a 4km long gully was created to increase the capacity at Nijmegen and relieve pressure at the Waalkade on the other bank. It was named Spiegelwaal.
(photocredit: Johan Roerink/Aeropicture)
Spiegelwaal and railway embankment
underside of the extended Waalbridge