The Rotterdam-based company, Van Oord, to mark the occasion of its 150th anniversary in 2018, offered the city the Waterwoud lookout point. It is a gift that invites people to get in touch with the river and to explore a very special spot along its banks.

Waterwoud is the first in a series of lookout points or ‘Maaspoints’ that will be situated at the loveliest places along the river. They will all be part of the same system, but each one will be unique in appearance and features.

Waterwoud is set at the southwestern tip of Brienenoord Island and is an oasis for plants and animals. On one side of the structure, visitors can climb up to the top to watch vessels pass by and enjoy the panoramic view. On the other side, they can descend into the wondrous world of aquatic flora and fauna. Here they will experience the tidal flows and discover unique delta species like the marsh-marigold and freshwater mussel. They will also see birds and bats, which use the vertical pipes as nesting and breeding sites.

The official opening by Rotterdam executive councillor, Bert Wijbenga, took place on the 5 of November, 2019.

Bert Wijbenga said: “Van Oord has become part of the wonderful tradition of companies that have made a gesture of solidarity with our city. I thank you for that. Van Oord is making the City of Rotterdam even more beautiful with this gift.”