Jardin du Maelbeek

The Jardin de la vallée du Maelbeek (French) or Maalbeekdaltuin (Dutch) is a small green space on the corner of the Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat and the Chaussée d'Etterbeek/Etterbeeksesteenweg at the heart of the European Quarter of Brussels, Belgium. It was inaugurated on 13 May 1951.[1]

Jardin du Maelbeek
Jardin de la vallée du Maelbeek (French)
Maalbeekdaltuin (Dutch)
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View north from raised decking area
TypePublic park
LocationCity of Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Coordinates50°50′38″N 4°43′32″E / 50.84389°N 4.72556°E / 50.84389; 4.72556Coordinates: 50°50′38″N 4°43′32″E / 50.84389°N 4.72556°E / 50.84389; 4.72556
Created13 May 1951
Public transit accessMaelbeek/Maalbeek

The park is testimony to the local residents' struggle against the rapid urbanisation (also known as Brusselisation) in the quarter that lacked urban planning and new green spaces. The site was originally destined to be used for a new headquarters for the Council of the European Union (which eventually moved into the Justus Lipsius building across the road) but in the face of unanimous opposition the Belgian Government tried to sell, what was then a temporary car park, it to property developers before it was converted into a local park.[1]

A miniature river in the park reflects the Maelbeek river which once flowed through the area, but is now channelled through an underground collector.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Demey, Thierry (2007). Brussels, capital of Europe. S. Strange (trans.). Brussels: Badeaux. p. 291. ISBN 978-2-9600414-2-2.