A meaningful place is created by designing a clear identity in the public space, fitting in with thehistorical context of the site and its inhabitants. It is essential to make a space with which people canidentify. The success of this project is partly determined by the residents, users and visitors of Nijverdal. The basis for the success was laid in the preliminary design drawn up with entrepreneurs, owners, residents, visitors, external experts and administrators in three participatory meetings. These meetings were inspiring, active and informative; discussions took place in a workshop-like setting.