Brussels: Parks & Recreation

by Asya Al Marhubi, Communications Officer at REVOLVE and researcher with a background in environmental policy analysis and multi-sectoral partnership research.
24 December 2020.

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With over 8,000 hectares of green spaces, the City of Brussels offers residents a wide range of green areas to enjoy. From protected natural areas, historic parks, and public gardens to the plans for more trees and bike lanes throughout the city, there are 28m2 of green space per inhabitant. These spaces improve quality of life and wellbeing by offering residents a refuge from the urban jungle, reducing air and noise pollution, protecting urban biodiversity, mitigating extreme weather events, among other benefits. Join us on a walk through some of these iconic spaces: the Sonian Forest, the Bois de la Cambre, Brussels Park, and Cinquantenaire Park. Brussels is a founding member of Cities4Forests.

Photography by Wilhelm Westergren.
Green spaces support the water cycle by allowing stormwater to evaporate or return to the soil and replenish water tables. Sonian Forest.
Green spaces encourage physical activities that promote human health such as walking, running, and cycling. Brussels Park.
Green spaces provide habitats in urban areas and support biodiversity. Cinquantenaire Park.
Green spaces can improve air quality by removing particles and gases from the air. Sonian Forest.
Urban forests can help regulate high temperatures during the summer and reduce the energy needed for cooling. Bois de la Cambre.
Urban green spaces can improve the quality of life and physical and mental wellbeing of city residents. Sonian Forest.
Urban forests create opportunities for relaxation and stress alleviation by providing spaces for leisure and recreational activities. Bois del la Cambre.
Green spaces slow and capture stormwater, reducing urban flooding and the amount of stormwater in urban drainage systems. Cinquantenaire Park.
Urban forests promote sustainable transportation by providing cyclists with safe routes through and around the city. Bois de la Cambre.
Urban green spaces break up the urban landscape and help to mitigate noise pollution in cities. Cinquantenaire Park.
Green spaces stimulate social cohesion by providing public places for residents to enjoy various activities. Sonian Forest.