When Thanh and I planned an outing to Brussels for the Senne Park, the Pannenhuis Park also known as L28 Park and the Maritime Station, the weather forecast announced snow (!), then rain but in the end the weather gods were clement and it was dry and sometime sunny. The date was 11 April 2021.
We took a train from Antwerp-Central Railway Station to Brussels-North Railway Station and then walked to the start of the Senne Park. In Dutch: Zennepark. In French: Parc de la Senne. The Senne is the main river of Brussels.
The Senne Park is located in the Masui neighbourhood in the municipalities of Schaarbeek / Schaerbeek and Brussels. We entered the park at the Helihavenlaan – Koning Albert II-laan – Masuistraat / Avenue de l’Héliport – Avenue Roi Albert II – Rue Masui entrance.
More a promenade than a park as you would image a park to be, the Senne Park is never more than 15 meters wide. It was inaugurated in 2016 and thus it is very contemporary. A footpath, green sides, benches and tables. The park is often interupted by normal streets.
When completed, the park will be prolonged to the 21 Juliplein / Square du 21 Juillet in Laken / Laeken.
The promenade loosely follows the course of the Senne river. This part was covered between 1931 and 1935. The surface used for the promenade just laid there waiting to be used.
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