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Redevelopment of Norikus Bay in Nuremberg

Wöhrder See – Norikus Bay

Nuremberg has gained another popular recreational area: Norikus Bay on the Wöhrder See lake. The revitalised waterfront park has a bathing cove as well as features including a fitness trail and a water play-ground. Both of these activity areas were covered with high-quality synthetic surfaces from Polytan, duly adapted to the specific requirements.

The Wöhrder See was created back in the 1970s when the Pegnitz river was dammed up in the Nuremberg district of Wöhrd, becoming a popular recreational area for the city’s residents. The 70 ha site lost its attractiveness over the course of time, however, as the quality of the water worsened and the bay silted up – to the point that extensive regeneration was required. The contract was awarded to Hackl Hofmann Landschaftsarchitekten, a firm of landscape architects based in Eichstätt, within the scope of an invitation to tender under the German professional services contract regulations (VOF). They revitalised Norikus Bay and divided the recreational area into three zones: a nature reserve, the waterfront park and the bathing cove.

Bathing cove with beach and grassy area

The bathing cove is separated from the rest of the Wöhrder See by a man-made dam and, with a maximum depth of 1.34 m, is also suitable for non-swimmers. A second, reed-filled basin cleans the water from the bathing cove before it flows through the natural surroundings of the Goldbach tributary and back into the Pegnitz. An extensive embankment was built along the old shoreline, creating a large grassy area for sunbathing with a sandy beach and level access to the water. A new energy and environment station by the water will bring the latest news on the environment and countryside from autumn 2019.
Since Norikus Bay reopened in 2018, the water park and the fitness trail have proved to be magnets for visitors – and both zones are fitted out with synthetic surfaces from Polytan.

The water playground – endless enjoyment for children

A large sandpit shaped like a polygon is the central point of the new water playground. It is surrounded by a watercourse equipped with play elements. Children can have fun while following the water all the way from its source and into the lake. A water play area with sprinklers and groundwater foun-tains rounds off the fun for younger park visitors.

Water-impermeable Rekortan M tartan surface for the watercourse

The watercourse is marked out by a turquoise, water-impermeable surface made from synthetic materials. This Rekortan M tartan surface is seamlessly installed by Polytan using the in-situ construction method. Its outstanding cushioning and tread elasticity mean that it is normally at home in the world’s leading athletics stadiums. Numerous world records and personal bests have already been achieved on it. Not only does its turquoise hue light up the course of the stream, it also offers children a soft base on which to play. The landscape architects opted for water-impermeable natural stone paving in the stepped area of the watercourse by way of a contrast.

PolyPlay S tartan provides a safe non-slip surface by the sprinklers

Wherever there was a need for a non-slip, seamless tartan surface in the water playground, for example by the sprinklers and groundwater fountains, the material chosen by the designers was a turquoise PolyPlay S from Polytan. This durable all-rounder is water-permeable, allowing the cushioned surface to dry off quickly. This synthetic surface is generally used for schools and multipurpose facilities as well as jogging trails, senior citizen complexes and rehabilitation facilities as it has a smooth surface with good ball bounce behaviour but is nevertheless non-slip.

While the water playground enjoys great popularity among youngsters, the fitness trail is designed primarily for young people and adults. The blue trail with a tartan surface zigzags through the park and measures just over ten metres at its widest point. It is just over two metres at its narrowest point.

The fitness trail – sport in the park with callisthenics

Callisthenics is a modern version of the “trim trail” in which a series of strength training stations with bodyweight exercises are set out at short intervals. The sports surfaces chosen by the designers of landscape architects Hackl Hofmann were the water-permeable, optimally cushioned PolyPlay S and PolyPlay FS synthetic surfaces from Polytan in a bright sky blue shade.

The smooth yet non-slip surface of the PolyPlay S tartan system impressed the designers just as much as it did in the watercourse and water playground zones. The PolyPlay FS soft-impact surface was used wherever there was a need for fall protection, i.e. under any callisthenics equipment with a drop height of ≥60 cm. This consists of an approx. 15 mm thick top layer made of sky blue EPDM granules and a 100 mm thick elastic layer made of recycled rubber materials.

DIN EN 1177-compliant safety testing

All synthetic surfaces from Polytan are proven to be weather- and rot-resistant, thus guaranteeing a long lifespan and low maintenance costs. They comply with DIN EN 1177 and are safety-tested to RAL or DIN-Certco requirements. Children in the water playground and athletes on the fitness trail are thus offered optimal protection from injury – thanks to the optimal cushioning of the seamlessly installed base.


Project: Wöhrder See/Norikus Bay
Awarding authority: City of Nuremberg
Planning: Hackl Hofmann Landschaftsarchitekten, Eichstätt
Construction period: 2015 to 2018
Execution of soft-impact surface: Gustav Biedenbacher, Garten- und Landschaftsbau, Kammerstein
Water playground, watercourse area: Synthetic surface Rekortan M, water-impermeable, approx. 306 m², turquoise
Water playground, sprinklers and groundwater fountains area: Synthetic surface PolyPlay S, approx. 575 m², turquoise
Fitness trail: synthetic surface: PolyPlay S, approx. 460 m², sky blue
Fitness trail, equipment area: PolyPlay FS, approx. 231 m², sky blue

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