Makeover for the Jansbeek in Arnhem
New plans have been made to make the creek more visual in the City Center. Years of talking about this finally lead to a result: At the end of 2017 the Jansbeek will be partially above ground again.
The History of the Jansbeek
Arnhem was not founded next to the river Rijn, what would be logical, but people found a home on the banks of the Jansbeek (creek). It flows from park Zypendaal trough park Sonsbeek and runs underneath the city from the train tracks until it meets the Rijn.
The first people lived here 700 bc and around the 13th century, watermills were used to grind corn into flour and paper.
At the end of the 18th century, the watermills lose their importance due to the up coming of the steam engine. You can still visite a watermill at the Sonsbeekpark, it is a beautiful place. http://www.bezoekerscentrumsonsbeek.nl/