At the heritage park some buildings are already in use, the construction of other buildings is planned for the years to come. All buildings are constructed in wood and in the authentic Zaan Region style.
Visitor's centre 'De Kijkschuur' (Exhibition shed)
At the end of 2004 a start will be made with the construction of the permanent exhibition centre 'De Kijkschuur'. This building is aimed for receiving visitors, the organisation of permanent and temporary exhibitions and for arranging (audio visual) presentations on the ground floor as well as in the planned auditorium on the upper floor.. A part of the exhibition space will be used to exhibit the craftsmen's tool collection controlled by the Industrial Heritage Park Foundation 'De Hoop' . The building will be accessible to disabled people.
Paltrokmill 'De Hoop'
The reconstruction of paltrok mill 'De Hoop' will be the most important activity at the heritage park and a fascinating and interesting experience for the visitors. In the sawmill the invention of Cornelis Corneliszoon van Uitgeest 'the special crankshaft' will be applied. The reconstruction will be executed by an experienced millwright, assisted by apprentices who are trained to become skilled carpenters and once completed the mill will be used to saw trunks into beams.
Out of the several hundreds of paltrok sawmills which were once in operation in the Netherlands, only five remain. One of them, called 'De Otter', resembles 'De Hoop' with respect to both its size and date of construction (1631). However this mill in Amsterdam, and suffers from a dramatic lack of wind due to high buildings in the nearby vicinity, and because of this there is a fair chance that, in stead of reconstructing 'De Hoop' in the park, the Amsterdam paltrok will be moved to Uitgeest which will be a spectacular operation.
In the final design of the heritage park a small shipyard will be built. In this yard, with a slipway to the Alkmaar & Uitgeest Lake, repair and renovation of traditional, mainly wooden ships will be performed. In the past shipyards were located in the neighborhood of sawmills.
In 2004 a young shipwright started the reconstruction of a wooden sailing ship, based on a fisherman's boat which was originally used for fishing anchovy in the 19th century. Visitors can take a close view on the progress being made.
Carpenter's shop 'De Juffer' (The Young Lady)
In the past many wood processing companies could be found in the neighborhood of sawmills, for example: ship-yards, cartwright's shops, furniture-factories etc., where traditional and industrial methods for processing wood and manufacturing wooden objects were applied. Carpenter shop 'De Juffer' was built in a 19th century Zaan Region style. The building accommodates a modern, well equipped carpenter's workshop to train young people in specialised restoration and renovation techniques, and for the maintenance of windmills and the production of wooden windmill parts.
A drying shed, with a miller's hut has been erected to replicate the original 18th century Zaan Region style.. In the shed wood is stored in a natural way till it is dry enough to be used, and in the future, beams sawn by paltrokmill 'De Hoop' will be dried here too.
At the moment the heritage park does not have a restaurant. However there are advanced plans to start the construction of a restaurant which will be accommodated within a building of an early 20th Century Zaan Region style.