Phoenix See - Dortmund
Picture: Dortmund-Agentur / Stefanie Kleemann
One of the largest urban development projects in Germany is the Phoenix See. On the area of the former blast furnace and steel plant site of ThyssenKrupp newly formed and developed a new recreational area. The new lake invites for walking, jogging, cycling or skating. The 3,2 km long pedestrian and bicycle paths invite visitors to relax, as well as to sporting activities. Not only sports has the Phoenix See to offer, on the shores of the lake form high-end residential units, commercial offices, a floating stage with a marina and a promenade with restaurants. Ten years was scheduled, the official start of the flooding was on October 1st 2010.
In 2001 started a new era for the discrict Hörde in Dortmund, 160 years of industrial history ended with the beginning of the Phoenix See. The development of the Phoenix See area was carried out by a subsidiary of the Stadtwerke AG. In 2005 the first cornerstone was laid on the Phoenix area. The work started with full speed to manage the work with over 2,5 million meters of ground motion and 420,000 cubic meters of ferroconcrete. On Oktober 1st 2010 the largest and most highly anticipated mileston could be celebrated: the launch of the flooding of the Phoenix See.
Since May 9th 2011, the fences disappeared and the Phoenix See has been completed.
Furthermore the lake can be conquered by boaters since April 2012. The lake is 1,2 km long directed to east-west and 320 meters wide in north-south direction. The water surface area of 24 acres is larger than the Hamburg Altster. A walk around the lake has a distance of 3,2 kilometers. The Phoenix See is a shallow water lake with a depth of 3 to 4 meters and a capacity of around 600,000 cubic meters. Since the finished sole of the lake is below the natural water table, the lake is fed primarily by groundwater.
The first restaurant directly at the Phoenix See is “Fénix” (Kai 8) in the southern harbor district with a outdoor area along the promenade. This summer in 2013 two more restaurants are going to open, the "Pfefferkorn" and the "Café Solo" - both will have beer gardens near the water.
So if you want to have a walk, a sport programme or you just want to relax after a busy day, then is the Phoenix See the right place for you - for young and old.
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