The site of the new premises of the European Central Bank (ECB) is located at the intersection between two urban green spaces in Frankfurt’s Ostend district: the Mainuferpark (an area of parkland along the banks of the river Main) and the GrünGürtel (the city’s green belt). The GrünGürtel’s currently still existing gap between the Ostpark and the Mainufer (river embankment) shall be closed in the future.
The plan is to extend the Mainuferpark along the Hochkai (upper wharf) of the Ruhrorter Werft directly through the Hafenpark as far as the Honsellbrücke road bridge. The City of Frankfurt will be organising a landscaping competition for the design of the Hafenpark.
Sport and movement
The aim of the Hafenpark competition is to design a landscaped area that takes into account the post-industrial setting and combines its various intended uses in a modern form. For instance, the park shall focus on the theme of “sport and movement” by offering facilities for a host of independent user groups not affiliated to any clubs. In principle, the Hafenpark should provide all people living and working in the district with a green space in which to relax and spend their leisure hours.
Café on the Ruhrorter Werft
In 2011, a new café complex shall be opening for business all year round at the Ruhrorter Werft, some 250 metres away from the western edge of the Hafenpark. This new building shall be combined with the heritage-listed sets of cranes that reflect the former dock area’s industrial prowess. This fusion shall be highlighted specifically by the integration into the building’s structure of a publicly accessible viewing platform on the crane runway.