Placemakers is co-initiator of ‘De Buurtcamping’ (the Neighborhood Campsite); a convivial camping in an urban park, temporarily inhabited by the variety of residents of the neighborhood. From young urban professionals to the homeless or ‘permanent park residents’, from newborns to seniors. Everyone is welcome to set up camp and help organize De Buurtcamping and all of its activities. A core team consists of local ‘custodians’, working along hundreds of volunteers/campers, local entrepreneurs and organizations. The main objectives of De Buurtcamping are to strengthen local social cohesion, to be accessible and inclusive to all, to introduce residents to local organizations and to stimulate the use of the city park.
Upon an initiative of Roderik Schaepman (RDDept) De Buurtcamping started in 2013 and has grown to include 13 campings in the summer of 2017. Last year, De Buurtcamping took place in Amsterdam’s Noorderpark, Sloterpark, Rembrandtpark, Flevopark en Egeldonk. In Utrecht, residents could camp in the Noordse Park and Majellapark. There were also campsites in Tilburg, Nieuwegein, Kampen, Haulerwijk and The Hague.
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When: 2013 – ongoing
Board: Walter Groenen, Harmen van Doorn, Pieter H. Smit
Funding: Stichting Doen, Oranjefonds, Dioraphte, VSBfonds and regional/local funds
Sponsoring: Telfort, Dirk van den Broek
Collaboration partners: gemeenten, LOXAM, Bosjuweel, Chubb Fire & Security, DIXI, Waternet, Loenatix, Peerby, Nikki, Sophie, Cyril, Daniel, Ernst Yperlaan, Julian Schönfeld, Peerby, Voor je Buurt, Salto FM, Echo, Vrienden van de Parken, de Witte Raaf, de Voedselbank, Dutchband, de Regenboog Groep, Tante Leen, the local police, fire and medical services.