ROOM FOR THE RIVER DEVENTER
Deventer is a city with a rich history centred around the river IJssel. Throughout history, the heart of the city has always been connected with the opposite western bank thanks to the ferry service between the banks. In order to reduce the chance of flooding along the river, the riverwater in the IJssel needed to be to drained towards the sea more rapidly. By lowering the floodplains at the Keizerswaarden, Stobbenwaarden and Olsterwaarden, as well as the Bolwerksplas, Worp and Ossenwaard, the IJssel will gain more room on both sides. The city took advantage of the opportunity these necessary measures presented to improve the spatial quality of the area, with the city’s historic character as a source of inspiration. The flood plain area where the river will be widened stretches over a length of almost 10 kilometres. Next to lowering the floodplains, new channels will give the IJssel more room to hold high water.