Ecological hiking trail - Stop: 01
|Future cities will not be the product of a predestined chance but will be created by ourselves and thus be our responsibility.
Until the mid 1970’s, one could enjoy a nice open view of the medieval fortifications and houses which were constructed on the lower terraces of the Waldnaab river. The surrounding Naabwiesen were known for their high water tables. They were flooded regularly in the spring and served as feeding ground for white storks which lived in the vicinity of -or even on top of- the Old Town Hall. Weiden’s white storks were first documented in 1576.
Between 1920 and 1955, the town increased its population from 20,000 to 40,000 inhabitants. Due to both these rapid economic as well as social developments and the Naabwiesen’s location near the center of the town, pressure on the Naabwiesen began to grow. Situated south of the Upper Gate and east of Bahnhofstraße, the Naabwiesen were seen as complementing the medieval old town between the two gates and the town center built in the 19th century. The construction of the Realschule was only the first step. Soon, a parking lot, the New Town Hall, and the multi-level parking lot “Naabwiesen” followed. The southern municipal area was connected to the rest of the town by the South-East-Expressway. Within two decades, Weiden’s modern downtown was born.
In the years of construction, the ‘old town storks’ stayed away, but since the 90ies a stork pair has been nesting and hatching over the old town. They find food at the undeveloped low-lying areas of the Naab which have been protected since 1970. Furthermore, the Max-Reger-Park has been expanded along the Stadtmühlbach and along the canal. This park with its play grounds and peaceful spots is the urban part of supra-regional green areas of the Waldnaab depression.
In 1992, the so-called ‘Agenda 21’ formulated as a global goal the equal linking of future ecological, social, and economic challenges. For the first time in the history of mankind, heads of state from over 170 countries agreed on a program to coordinate development and ecology. According to this agreement, the earth’s resources should be used carefully so that future generations will be able to enjoy the earth’s riches.Weiden’s town council signed the “Charta of Aalborg” in 1997 to plan and develop the town according to the aims and goals of the Agenda 21.