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Westbroekpark is a park with an area of 18 hectares, located in The Hague, Madurodam and Scheveningen between. Located on the grounds of an ancient hamlet, which was called White Bridge. In the mid-19th century the fast growing cities. The often boggy land was first raised with sand before houses could be built. The area where now the Westbroek Park, made before 1860 part of a forested dune area (known binnenduinbos). These dunes were excavated, and the sand was used for the construction of station Delft Gate at Rotterdam. There was a pasture, which in 1887 already a park plan was designed by Peter Westbroek, at that time Director of City parks, in collaboration with architect Mutters. The plan was rejected.



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In 1890 a plan of architect Zocher Jr. approved but only partially implemented, between the White Bridge and the Van Lennepweg.
During the First World War, the area used for an internment camp for British soldiers. After the war were expelled four football fields, because there was no money for a beautiful lawn to make. Dutch Olympic Committee wanted to build a stadium, but that was denied in 1921. Meanwhile, back in 1920 Westbroek was commissioned to create a plan, but with few buildings. As others, including Berlage, plans were submitted, the council had a choice. The plan was Westbroek on February 13, 1922 by 31 votes against and 9 adopted by the board. This plan for the "New Park" was completed in 1925. Westbroek died in 1925, in memory of him was the New Park in 1926 officially Westbroek Park.

Central to the park is still a meadow. In 1932 there was an Indian exhibition was held. Especially the 'Minangkabau House "attracted much attention. In 1933, the municipality to the Hague Sports Foundation and Playgrounds (HSS) permission the meadow that winter as a pilot to use for hockey.

During the war the Germans built two bunkers in the park, which still exist. They also built a soccer field, where the municipality of The Hague has planted potatoes. After the war the park was gradually restored.

In 1948 at the former Koeweiden a major international flower exhibition held to mark the 50th anniversary jubilee of Queen Wilhelmina. There were thousands of trees planted. In 1961 the International Rosarium built. This rose garden which has about 300 beds in summer bloom 20,000 rose bushes, including the latest types, which the growers from around the world voluntarily submitted. By careful fertilization and pruning, these roses may bloom several times per season.

There are five kinds of roses each year exhibited: patio roses, leirozen, park / shrub roses, large-flowered and spray roses. All roses are a couple of years and their development is followed. At the International Rose Competition, each year on the second Thursday of July falls, the roses get their final approval.
In Westbroekpark images are distributed to all Dutch artists from the 20th century were created. The collection in the sculpture provides a diverse cross-section of mainly the first 40 years after the Second World War. Part of the artists come from The Hague.
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