Just two-minute walk from our place, there is a beautiful park with several long lanes. The park is a good place to relax after a hectic day. At weekends locals come for a picnic or for a walk.
It is the Josaphat Park, a 20 hectare green oasis in the heart of Schaerbeek, one of the Brussels’ districts. Edmund Galoppin, a famous landscape architect, designed the park, which was opened by King Leopold II of Belgium in 1904.
The park resembles to an English garden, which houses a number of entertaining points such as a stadium, a mini golf area, the district’s greenhouses, a rosary ponds, a small zoo, a significant number of sculptures, to name a few.
The park is situated on the Valley of Roodebeek, a stream crossing the place, which was part of the former Linthout Wood. Because of the similarities with the famous Josaphat Valley of the Holy Land, the place borrowed the name, “Josaphat”, as we know it today.
The park is a rich collection of famous and rare trees, in addition to specific fauna and avifauna. Lately, the park got four famous guests, two horses of Ardenne bread, and two donkeys, Camille and Scribble.
The park also houses 19 famous statues, authored by artists throughout the years.
The stadium is the venue not only for regular football matches and other competitions, but also for other large events. Bob Dylan performed here in 1984 with about 20 000 people enjoying the concert.
Josaphat Park Photo-album May 2016