The future island can be experienced as a connecting open space in the urban landscape of the Ruhr area. In addition to preserving and developing the post-industrial character, the water and the island location are the defining elements. The ideas of the IGA of a climate-neutral and energy self-sufficient park based on succession strategies are transferred to the permanent systems. The cornerstone is the construction of a 'green ridge', a forest edge that is gradually emerging along the Emscher, which as a connecting element draws the entire future island together. Initial plantings as are placement measure densify the existing tree population, a clear mowing and grazing cycle controls the vegetation dynamics. The 'greenback' becomes a CO2 store, air purifier, living and nature experience space and stands in an exciting interplay with the designed parkland scape. The existing structures from the mining-industrial prehistory and the previous park designs - such as paths, "hedgerows" and box trees - are taken over and further developed.