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Pede Park lake to open for swimming in 2024

15:24 07/12/2021

A lake in Pede Park in Anderlecht will become an open-air swimming spot by the summer of 2024. The lake will be cleaned and professionally managed, with changing areas and lifeguards.

The southern section of the lake known as l’Etang Moyen will become the new swimming area, equal to four Olympic-sized swimming pools. Anderlecht city council had already approved the plan to create a swimming lake in the park, but first had to launch an environmental study. The results of that study are positive, and so the work to create a clean and safe swimming lake can begin.

The Brussels-Capital Region will also be involved with the development of the lake, which will be federally funded. The lake will be made deeper and will operate with a natural purification system. The northern end of the lake will help with this, replacing the water in the swimming section with purified water.

The size of the lake will allow up to 225 swimmers at one time. “Swimming time could be limited to allow as many people as possible to use the lake on any given day,” said Brussels environment minister Alain Maron. The plan is for the lake to be open from May to September. In off months, it will be open to sport clubs.

The lake is part of a larger master plan for the park and surrounding area. More green space will be developed as well as sport facilities.

“Establishing this first swimming pond and making further improvements to this ‘Land of Neerpede’ as exceptional natural heritage will contribute to the health and well-being of the inhabitants of Brussels and to the ecological resilience of our region against the consequences of climate change,” said Maron.

Photo: The round, southern section of l’Etang Moyen will be open for swimming in less than three years


Written by Lisa Bradshaw