The second Bibian Mentel Playground will be realized this year in Axel (Municipality of Terneuzen, Zeeland). Yesterday the plans were officially approved by the college, so construction can begin this spring. That the Playground will come about is partly thanks to the efforts of 11-year-old Luca Verschuuren. 

In fact, Luca is a big fan of pumptrack tracks and wanted a track near him as well. And so, together with his mother and some enthusiastic friends, he started a fundraising campaign to make this possible. After many different actions to raise money and the support of the municipality, cooperation was also sought with the Mentelity Foundation. Mainly because Luca believes it is important that the track be accessible to everyone. "From small to large, and for people with or without a physical challenge! We worked hard for it and gave it our all. This would never have been possible without all our sponsors and all those lovely people who supported us in any way," said Luca, who is overjoyed that his dream is coming true.

The Bibian Mentel Playground consists of two pumptrack tracks and an inclusive playground, realized with Velosolutions and Yalp, partners of the Mentelity Foundation. "The Playgrounds are truly places where young and old, and people with or without physical challenges can play together," said Edwin Spee, director of the Mentelity Foundation. "We are very happy that we can now realize the second Bibian Mentel Playground in Axel. That it came about with the initiative of Luca, who sees how important it is that everyone should be able to play, makes it extra nice."

Funding for the Playground is almost complete, and through sponsorships and donations all involved hope to raise the final funds. The final touches are currently being put on the i's and then realization can begin this spring. If everything goes according to plan, the second Bibian Mentel Playground will be officially opened after the summer.

Do you have questions about the Bibian Mentel Playground in Axel or would you like to contribute to its realization? Then send an email to or make a donation!