a CO2 neutral park
Park van Luna
On entering Heerhugowaard by car, it will be hard to resist the temptation to dive into the gorgeous lake of the brand-new recreation area Park van Luna (Park of Luna). From here you have a view on Heerhugowaard’s newest and at the same time most remarkable district: Stad van de Zon (Sun City).
Stad van de Zon is the first district in the Netherlands which does not contribute to further global warming. To achieve this, various technologies have been used to make the district ‘CO2 emission neutral’. This means that the amount of CO2, or carbon dioxide, emitted in Stad van de Zon, is minimized, while at the same time as much energy as possible is generated in a durable way (without CO2 emission).
Park van Luna surrounds Stad van de Zon. When this recreation area was laid out, the shape of the old polder landscape changed. Because of the volume of earthwork done here, a completely new landscape was created with different heights and changing perspectives, a surprising alliance between land and water, with various possibilities regarding recreational use. The highest point in the park overlooks the old Huygendijk, the mill landscape and the Schermerpolder.
Park van Luna has many recreational options to offer: such as swimming, canoeing, fishing, surfing etcetera. Motorboats are not permitted on the lake. Several footpaths and cycle tracks have been laid out and there is a special track for mountain bikes. What is more, a new sports centre, SportLagune, is built which will house multiple sports facilities.
During the summer months life can be joyful on Strand van Luna (Beach of Luna), a beautiful gradually sloping beach with nice, clean sand and wonderful, pure swimming water, all sheltered by a new dyke behind which Westtangent runs. There is a bar/restaurant, nearby parking, a sunbathing area and there are recreation areas.