Westerpark is a large park and recreation area located in Amsterdam-West.
The Westerpark consists of an older part, constructed in the late nineteenth century, and a newer part, built on top of a former industrial terrain now known as the Westergasfabriek.
The landscape architecture of the old part of the Westerpark is quite typical of late nineteenth century city parks, with a spacious green walking area surrounding a large central pond.
The Westergasfabriek area is regularly host to large music festivals, open air markets, concerts, conferences and other cultural events. The Westergasfabriek area is also host to several trendy restaurants, clubs, bars, lunchrooms and a hotel.
The Westergasfabriek area is located directly to the west of the original Westerpark. It was developed in the first years of the 21st century.
From 1883 till 1967 the area was in use as a gas factory. After the factory closed, the terrain that came available was used to extend the Westerpark further westwards.
Many of the original industrial buildings were renovated and appointed new purposes, allowing the new area to retain some of its historical architecture and charisma. The area was designated to play the role of a cultural park (cultuurpark), populated mainly with small businesses active in the cultural and creative sectors.
Recreation for children
Woeste Westen is a "rough" nature playground reserved for children. Woeste Westen is located somewhat hidden behind the railroad tracks in the Westerpark. Children can jump around in the grass and the mud here, play hide and seek between the trees and float around on rafts on the shallow waters.
Kinderboerderij Westerpark is a petting farm where younger children can play and get acquainted with the goats, sheep chickens and other animals that roam around freely.
The Ketelhuis cinema on the Westergasfabriek terrain often features movies aimed at younger audiences.