With Stefanie Grätz (website)
Almere has five namings: Mandela Park, the Mandela Tree, Mandela Square, Mandela Lane and the Mandela Garage; a national record. In 1986 council member Jan de Vetter (D66) asked the mayor to name something after ‘those brave people trying to end apartheid in South Africa.’ In the same year it was agreed that the park opposite central station would be named Mandela Park. A plaque honoured Winnie as well as Nelson, but this was not replaced after the redevelopment. In 2011 the Mandela Tree was replanted in Mandela Square, in the presence of Amnesty International Almere. The 40 year-old African amber had been moved to Landos Drive two years earlier, while the original site was redeveloped.
Several long bike paths in Capelle aan den IJssel did not have a name before 2009. This proved inefficient in cases of emergency when inhabitants of Capelle had to identify their location to emergency services or in less precarious cases when a tree had fallen onto a path. For the bike paths in the Schollevaar quarter names of birds and mammals that live in the area were chosen. Previously, in 2008 to mark the 60th jubilee of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the counsil signalled their intention to consider important figures from the human rights movement when it came to naming streets. The council confirmed the following names for the Schollevaar quarter:
Wood mouse Path
Martin Luther King Path
Nelson Mandela Path