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Fewer events in Brussels Park next year

18:02 06/09/2019

Brussels Park is being loved to death, according to Brussels-City councillor Zoubida Jellab. Responsible for green spaces, Jellab has announced that fewer large-scale events will take place in the park next year.

The park’s size, installations and convenient location – across from the royal palace and the capital’s major museums – makes it a prime location for high-profile open-air events. Activities such as Festival Theatres Nomades, the Iris Festival (pictured) and Eat! Brussels Drink! Bordeaux – going on now – see tents, food trucks and thousands of people taking to the grass and forested areas.

A restoration process in the park will begin next year that will include mulching, planting of new grass and stabilising tree roots. The entire process will take three years. The park will remain open to the public, though parts of it will not be accessible at any given time.

The €1.5 million project will rehabilitate foliage and trees, Jellab told Bruzz. “There is damage to the roots that we can’t see but that can be detrimental to the trees,” she said.  

Some events that take place in the park will move to another location next year, confirmed Jellab. Eat! Brussels, for instance, already has plans to move to Tour & Taxis, as does the Comic Strip Festival. “The park can still be used for smaller-scale events and activities,” she said.

Photo: Brussels Park takes a beating from non-stop activities in the spring and summer
©Eric Danhier/VisitBrussels

Written by Lisa Bradshaw