Westerpark, a little secret under bending trees
The Westerpark is the green pleasant part of Elden that surrounds a "wiel" or "kolk". This little lake came to be when the river Rhine brook through the dike and created a hole behind it because the gushing water coming through the dike.
The park itself shows reminders of fruittreegardens (pears, apples) and has peaceful fields to play ballgames. The most wild and beautiful part is under the trees that surround the little lake. Here one can easily think to be in paradise, when the sunbeams penatrate the leafs and cast shadowy spots on the water that mirrors the old branches hanging there ends towards the watersurface.
On the other side of the winding dike that surrounds this lake, you'le find another "wiel" that is in the form of a horseshoe. It bares also this name and is now a place where horses or sheeps graze in the green grass.
The proud white windmill
Visible everywhere is the white windmill (The Hope) that sticks it's wings over everything else. Especially from the "Rijksweg West" - a road over the top of a dike - the windmill is beautifully visible. When I bike towards the town I pass it and Ilja often starts waving his hands in circles in the knowledge that it turns around with wind. The windmill is open on Saturday's and with wind it is fully operational. The windmill is the centre of attention in the harvest-festival.
Okay, many people in Elden hate this enormous project that the city of Arnhem planted in their backgarden, but ... the hypermodern (forst in it's kind! and often called the future of stadions) Gelredome-stadion is a magnificent technological building. This multifunctional stadion has two amazing features. Now-a-days not anymore that special: the roof can be opened / closed according to the weather and activities that is done inside. Gelredome is however the first stadion that has a "removable" field! The grass has been placed in an enormous slide that is slowly roled outside when big rock / popconcerts are here.
Arnhem football-team Vitesse finds it's home at the Gelredome.