The ALTER recreational area was voted the Baden-Württemberg state winner of the German Neighborhood Award 2019.
The jurors chose a state winner from the approx. 100 nominated projects in their state. POW e.V. receives prize money of 2,000.00 EUR for the ALTER project.
The project is supported by MWSP and the City of Mannheim within the framework of Local Urban Renewal (LOS). The LOS steering committee wanted to address the lack of offers for children and young people in Neckarstadt-West and make public spaces in the district more accessible. With POW e.V. (registered association), they have found a cooperative partnership for extraordinary social interim use.
In the Neckarstadt-West district, five young committed Mannheim residents are transforming an abandoned parking lot into a meeting place for games, sports, fun and creativity. Julia Alicka, Philipp Kohl, Wulf Kramer, Robin Lang and Philipp Morlock can be proud of winning the German Neighborhood Award 2019. "For us, this is wonderful recognition of our volunteer work," said the association's board member, Philipp Kohl, happily commenting on the award. "We wanted to create a place where different groups from the neighborhood could get together through sports and culture without having to pay anything for it," says Kohl, explaining the idea behind the award-winning project.
A non-profit association was set up to promote the project: POW e.V. At the site, there are free games and sports facilities, a sports equipment rental service, a wide variety of cultural events and a kiosk - with no pressure to buy anything. The area is looked after by a social worker who is employed by the association. Residents can also contribute their ideas and skills to the project.
"With this award, ALTER has now been automatically nominated for the Federal Prize, which will be awarded in Berlin on October 24th," says Wulf Kramer, member of the Board of Management. "The great response to ALTER shows how well public area development oriented towards the common good is received by the local neighborhood and shows what Neckarstadt needs", Kramer continues.
"ALTER has succeeded in reactivating a vacant site and thus creating a meeting place for the district, where different generations and nations can come together. It has been well received and there is always something going on here", says Achim Judt, Managing Director of the urban development company MWSP.
"The project shows how great things can emerge from individual initiatives. From the idea to the concept and from the concept to the project: the commitment transformed an aggrieved parking lot into a cultural and sporting place of engagement - an example of how desolate asphalt surfaces can become colorful activity areas for neighbors," says Johannes Fuchs of the Baden-Württemberg State Network for Citizens' Involvement, a member of the Baden-Württemberg State Jury.
In 2017, the nebenan.de Foundation launched the German Neighborhood Award to give greater visibility to important neighborly commitment and to honor the diverse efforts of lively neighborhoods. Once a year, the German Neighborhood Award honors exemplary projects and initiatives that, in many places, are committed to their local environment, strengthen cooperation and shape an “US”. From all incoming applications, the nebenan.de foundation nominates about 100 projects for the German Neighborhood Award. The selection of the 16 state winners and the three federal winners of the German Neighborhood Award is then taken over by 16 state juries and one federal jury. On October 11th, the federal jury will meet to choose three federal prize winners from the 16 national winners, with the award ceremony taking place on October 24th.
We look forward to 2020!