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Newest part of the Volkspark


At the end of his life Gerrit Jan van Heek, owner of a textile factory, decided to give a park to the city. Just as his brother did before him. Finished in 1917, the park and 3 houses were handed to the city in 1918. The donation document stated some goals for the park. It should give the people a place to relax, a place to sport and a kids playground. The park houses few sport accommodations such as tennis, korfball and jue de boule. A big oval field is often used by groups of people to play soccer or other sports. The adjoining Lochemsbleekpark, an former estate, became part of the Van Heekpark in 1929. In the 1980s the separation between both parks completely disappeared.