Stately canals and quiet streets are characteristic of Blijdorp. In Blijdorp it is good to recreate in the Roel Langerakpark, the Vroesenpark and Blijdorp zoo. With the arrival of the RandstadRail, the center of Rotterdam and The Hague can be reached quickly. You can board at the new underground station Blijdorp.
Blijdorp was built between 1931 and 1940 in the Blijdorpse polder, which the district is named after. The construction of Blijdorp became possible after the filling of the Rotterdam Schie. Blijdorp was not hit during the German bombing of 14 May 1940. After the bombardment the need for new housing was huge and a large number of houseboats were to be found in the Noorderkanaal near the district, which are currently still inhabited.
Residents of Blijdorp:
Blijdorp has about 9,700 inhabitants. The population has been rejuvenated in recent years. The district has appeal to people between the ages of 25 and 45. Many young couples choose to buy a house in Blijdorp. The average income of the district is the highest in the North area. An active residents’ association is also present in Blijdorp.
What is there to do?
In the summer, the Vroesenpark is a favorite with the residents for barbecuing and sunbathing. Since the opening in 1940, Diergaarde Blijdorp has been a major attraction in the district. Next to the Vroesenpark is a dog playground called, The Bello Dog, located where dogs can be walked. Sports enthusiasts can spend their energy at the Roel Langerakpark. There is a freely accessible running track, a disc golf court (frisbeesport) and a pedestrian promenade to the zoo. Adjacent is a nature playground located for kids called, “De Speeldernis voor de jeugd”. There are also several sports clubs around the park, including baseball club Neptunes & soccer and tennis club Blijdorp.