Civil society has been involved in planning processes here from the outset
Berliners decided with the referendum on the 25th of May 2014 that the unique open space of the former Tempelhof airport should be used for nature conservation as well as leisure and recreational activities.
A law on conserving Tempelhofer Feld (Gesetz zum Erhalt des Tempelhofer Feldes - ThFG) protects a 303-hectare area that is divided into a central field and surrounding ring of fields. The central field, a 202-hectare space inside the taxiways, is dedicated to conservation of the open meadow landscape and its characteristic flora and fauna. The 101-hectare field surrounding can be used for temporary and continuing uses, civic involvement initiatives, activities and other services.
The ThFG prescribes the drafting of a development and conservation plan for Tempelhofer Feld with public involvement. From September 2014 to May 2016 Berliners worked together with the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment and Grün Berlin GmbH to draw up a development and conservation plan.
The results of the process of creating a cooperative consensus-based development and conservation plan set details of the goals for protecting nature, the landscape and the climate anchored in the ThFG. This process also proposed ways of bringing the site’s eventful history to life, allowed for commemorations, defined a careful development of the Field for leisure, recreation, sport and culture, and regulated future cooperation between citizens, policy-makers and administrators.
Further measures were developed involving five sections, key focuses, and ‘action corridors’ on Tempelhofer Feld. They are Tempelhofer Damm – recreation and events, Columbiadamm – sport and history, Oderstrasse – community gardens and projects, the Southern flank – peace and quiet and experimentation, and the Central field – space, wind and wilderness.
Berliners’ ongoing involvement in Tempelhofer Feld will in future be ensured by a participatory model and will be sustained by a Participation Charter.
You will find more information at Tempelhofer Feld in the Info Pavilion on Columbiadamm. It is open in the summer months on Thursdays and Saturdays from 2 – 8 pm and presents the results of the participatory process in a small exhibition.
For further information on the participatory process and its results please go to www.tempelhofer-feld.berlin.de. The development and conservation plan is also available for download.