Chestnut Street will be a play street for children

Poor Doberan.Children ride roller skates, draw with chalk on the street or cycle up and down. Football is played and water bombs are thrown – all without cars on Kastanienstraße in Bad Doberan. On Sunday (May 22), the newly renovated street became a play street from 2 pm to 5 pm.

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The children from the neighborhood must be able to play undisturbed here, and the adults must be able to exchange ideas. That is the initiator Sylvie Lebeda Kreiner’s plan. She had reported the children’s demonstration to the police. The native of Bad Doberan wants to campaign for the right to play in front of his own front door and a safe traffic situation for children.

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Temporary play street in Bad Doberan

Kreiner’s long-term goal would be to establish a temporary play street in the city of Münster. This aims to temporarily transform the neighborhood into a play paradise for children. During this time, the road would be blocked for cars. “However, it is not something you can just turn to the city, and then a road will be closed. It is an idea that must be supported by local residents, ”explains Kreiner. And with this campaign, she will find out if this wish is being shared.

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Sylvie Lebeda Kreiner, initiator of the children’s demonstration in Kastanienstraße.

“We wanted to try it out and make it tangible, to see how it was received, whether it was loud or quiet, and whether anyone felt disturbed,” she says. So on Sunday about 20 children came to play in Kastanienstrasse. Some with their parents. From time to time, cars drove through the street, but the drivers showed understanding and drove on at walking pace. Others took a different path.

Hardly anywhere for kids to play in Bad Doberan

“The street is a part of city life, we can also use these spaces as meeting places,” says the mother of two. Marcel Bradtmüller, who lives nearby with his children, thinks the same way. “I think the idea is really good because there are almost no places where the kids can play,” he says. One must move away from the idea that roads are only for cars, says the father.

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The kids use the play street this day. The street is painted with colored chalk. A big “STOP!” can be seen with blue letters and a red border. A little boy lets his remote-controlled car drive around, girls and boys playing with a ball. “I think it’s a nice meeting place to meet new friends,” says nine-year-old Emil, who likes to ride roller skates on Kastanienstrasse. He would be happy if cars did not drive here for a while. Charlotte also likes the street here. “I would like to come here more often after school to play with friends,” says the ten-year-old.

Motorists should not drive through here, or only drive very slowly.

Motorists should not drive through here, or only drive very slowly.

Implementing the game road is probably difficult

Neighbors and passersby also became aware of what was going on. “As a child, I liked to play on the street myself, back then on Goethestrasse,” remembers Dietlinde Moll from Bad Doberan. She is always happy when she sees the kids playing. In the past, however, things were quieter. “No one wants to do without their car these days,” says the 84-year-old, who rides his own bike.

However, she imagines that it will be difficult to implement a temporary play street because it is still too busy in Kastanienstrasse, says the elderly citizen. “Maybe it’s not the right time now,” she says. But you can imagine it all here. Other passers-by can also become friends with the idea. “The kids usually don’t have that much in the area where they can play,” says a pedestrian.

Motorists should not drive through here, or only drive very slowly.

Motorists should not drive through here, or only drive very slowly.

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“I’m very happy that so many are there”

But there are also critical voices. Volker Dahse lives on Kastanienstrasse and saw what happened to his wife. The Bad Doberaner thinks the action is good, but sees the problem elsewhere. “I do not think the city cares. We were not involved in the renovation of the street. First, a traffic concept had to be developed,” he says.

Kastanienstraße in Bad Doberan on Sunday became a playground and meeting place for children.

Kastanienstraße in Bad Doberan on Sunday became a playground and meeting place for children.

During construction work on the street, communication in the neighborhood was better, Dahse says. Now everyone just wanted to drive home and go their own way. It is precisely this exchange that Sylvie Lebeda Kreiner would like to see on her street. Hence the children’s show on Sunday. She is happy with the result. “I’m very happy that so many are there,” she says. The meeting that day was, after all, a test. “Maybe today is just a start that leads to people being inspired.”

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