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Inner city development

Over the next few years, Bocholt's inner city is to be further developed in an attractive and future-oriented manner as a retail and gastronomy location, as a leisure location and as a residential district.

Some measures have already been implemented, others are in the process of being implemented or are still in the planning stage.


Bocholt's city centre is being developed on the basis of the following concepts:


Get an overview! Click on individual measures for detailed information

Completed projects


Part of the area on Liebfrauenplatz has been transformed into an urban garden with a playground.

The area was already created as a temporary play garden for the "Bocholter Gärten" campaign in spring 2022. This was very well received by citizens and politicians alike, so the play garden, which was initially planned for a few weeks, remained in place over the summer.

At the same time, the majority of respondents were in favour of permanently repurposing Liebfrauenplatz and creating a green urban space and playground there. This is already planned as a measure in the city of Bocholt's mobility concept and is therefore in line with the aim of upgrading Liebfrauenplatz into a city square in the medium term. The playground was then planned and built by the waste disposal and service company (ESB). The square was opened in December 2023.

The various play and seating elements were integrated into an attractively designed garden area to increase the quality of stay. Due to the time of year, the plantings will not appear in their full splendour until 2024.

The city of Bocholt is being financially supported by funding from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia from the "Sofortprogramm zur Stärkung unserer Innenstädte und Zentren des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen".

Framework plan for the railway station area

As part of the state initiative for building land by rail, the city of Bocholt, together with BahnflächenEntwicklungsGesellschaft NRW mbH (BEG NRW), commissioned the BahnStadt agency from Berlin to draw up a framework plan.

Key elements of the framework plan are

  • Identification of potential for residential development
  • New footpath connection to the city centre between Aa-Südufer and the railway station
  • Car park for commuters, visitors to the city centre and the learning centre
  • Redesign of the station square

The framework plan forms the basis for further planning.

Historic town hall

The listed town hall on the market square, which dates back to the 17th century, houses the registry office and wedding room on the first floor. On the 2nd floor is the historic council chamber, which is used for various music and cultural events.

The prestigious entrance to the registry office on the ground floor is approx. 60 cm above the level of the market square and is therefore not barrier-free. The upper floors were also previously only accessible via the main staircase.

In order to make the foyer barrier-free, a ramp was created at the rear of the town hall. A glass lift was installed in the centre of the staircase so that the wedding room and the former council chamber are now also barrier-free. Fire safety requirements were also taken into account so that the historic town hall can continue to be used as a wedding and event venue.

The historic town hall has been available for weddings again since autumn 2019.

The measures were implemented with funds from the urban development programme of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the federal government.


Stadtsparkasse Bocholt built on the former Hertie site and relocated its head office from Marktplatz to Neutorplatz. Another commercial building was erected next to it. A new square was created in front of the new buildings. In addition, the open spaces towards the River Aa were widened. The new development meant that these areas could be remodelled and the quality of stay increased.

On the square in front of the Stadtsparkasse, a field of trees with roof plane trees and a field of grasses were created. The edging of these fields can be used for sitting and lingering at the same time. A so-called railing was created along the River Aa, which partially extends over the water surface. More trees have been planted and benches erected in this area. A footpath has been created along the Aa, bordered by beds of grasses. The footpath leads past a footbridge along the River Aa, where further seating has been installed.

The project was completed in April 2021.

Funding was approved for the measure from the urban development programme of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the federal government.

Green space on Weberstrasse

One of the few green spaces in the city centre is located on Weberstrasse. Previously, this consisted mainly of low, flat shrubbery. Two small play areas were also integrated, but some of these had to be removed due to a lack of road safety. Since then, the green space's main function has been to provide access to the retirement home.

As part of the City of the Future 2030+ competition, suggestions and ideas for future use and design were collected at various public events and incorporated into the plans. These primarily related to the opportunity to move around and socialise.

The redesign was completed in 2022 with the help of urban development funding.

Young and old alike will find space and opportunities to play, exercise and rest under the shady trees in the centre of the bustling city centre. The design was complemented by the creation of shrub beds and the installation of raised beds, which are maintained in a joint project between the foundation and a neighbouring daycare centre. The green space offers a play area with a climbing and balancing course, a group swing and a water play area. A large "Hollywood swing", pedal trainers in front of benches and a spring-mounted seesaw bench are arranged along the surrounding circular path and invite children to try them out.

Pollstiege/ Nordwall

The green space measuring just over one hundred square metres at the junction between Pollstiege and Nordwall was redesigned in spring 2020. There is an approximately forty-year-old copper beech tree that was underplanted with evergreen shrubs.

With the aim of creating an intergenerational city centre, the area was made accessible by a small square that opens up towards the intersection. In particular, older people with a limited radius of action should be able to take a short break here. To this end, benches with armrests and backrests were integrated into the green space. The existing tree was retained and enclosed in a bed as the centre of the square. The existing shrubs have been replaced by shrubs and perennials. The bicycle parking area at the edge of the square was renovated as part of the project and fitted with modern bicycle racks.

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