A long time ago, during the Belle Époque, also known as the Golden Age, the wealthy came here to celebrate good times in the concert hall and ballroom “De Harmonie.” This period in history was characterised by hope, peace, prosperity and technological, scientific and cultural innovations.
During spring, summer, autumn or winter, I come here to relax on the lawn, underneath a gracious tree and observe the diverse crowd, which cheerfully gathers in the park. If watching people isn’t your forte you can always take a nap or immerse yourself in a mind-blowing book. Take a stroll, relax on one of the benches, enjoy the urban art on display and let life unfold.
At some point in time, the government will renovate the central architectural pearl that is tangible proof of rich, bygone times. Until then, you can come to this quaint park and gaze at some beautiful murals that decorate the façade of the building that symbolises an era of unmeasurable riches. The two artists whose work you’ll see are Dzia and Gijs Van Hee.
They joined forces and created several colourful murals that contribute to the revival of this locally cherished outdoor location. Underneath the old arches of the 19th-century building, you’ll see a depiction of the animal kingdom through the artistic eyes of these aerosol artists.
Afterwards, you can enjoy a drink (a “bolleke”) and a snack at the bar “de living”, situated in the park or at the nearby local brewery De Koninck.