As of June, 24 all work will be completed on the demonstration site in Kontich. Kontich is one of the 7 municipalities in the Zuidrand region with whom province of Antwerp and Streekvereniging Zuidrand perform a pilot investment project.
In Kontich, an abandoned former rail road embankment is transformed into a public park. Nearly 5.000 indigenous shrubs were planted with the assistance of local residents. In the park there now is room for water: several pools were added, a pond and brook were enlarged. Instead of being led into the sewer, the rainwater from the streets and rooftops of the surrounding neighbourhood is now diverted to the new pond and pools, where it can infiltrate into the ground. This reduces the risk of flooded streets during heavy rainfall.
Cyclists and pedestrians can enjoy the green and blue surroundings by following a brand new semipermeable path. This path is a nice alternative for the busy road in the centre of the town.