CanalPark BXL is a bottom-up citizen initiative to improve and enlarge public space in one of the most neglected neighbourhoods of Brussels, Molenbeek. Through participatory interventions like cleaning up the litter or planting fruit trees and flowers, we are improving the look of the existing but neglected, small urban space in the midst of an area dominated by cars. Thanks to crowdfunding, we were able to build and implement urban furniture, a playground, give-boxes and organize informal participatory events. Aiming to improve urban wellbeing and facilitate social and cultural exchange. By means of smart and creative interventions, like traffic gardening as well as lobbying and the use of media, CanalPark BXL pressures political policy makers to transform this concrete wasteland into a big park via a participatory trajectory.
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Creating lively, playful, and green public space, social and cultural exchange, sharing and giving, participatory planning, lobbying to build a big communal park
Neighbours, creative activists, urbanists, placemakers, urban and guerrilla gardeners, teachers, social workers, architects
Urban wasteland dominated by cars, lack of “real” public space (0,5 m² per inhabitant), disastrous air quality, lethargy of political policy makers, neoliberal urban development, dangerous conditions for pedestrians and cyclists, pollution legacies, lack of participatory planning culture, littering