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La Héronnière Park
La Héronnière Park, a green and blue promenade, connects three entities. This semi-natural park is an example of a contemporary space developed with a recreational as well as ecological aim.
In 1992, the Watermael-Boitsfort municipality transferred the site to the Brussels-Capital Region. The park was developed by Brussels Environment and opened on 1 June 1997. It was created from the vestiges of an old valley and green spaces close to one another.
A small waterway was reconstituted there, allowing aquatic plants to recolonise the perimeter. The various bodies of water are interconnected by a semi-natural woods and undergrowth where there are two parks for fallow deer.
At the entrance to the site there are rented vegetable plots, a cyclo-cross track, playgrounds, and a petanque court. The “duck pond” is enlivened by nightingales, marsh frogs, and sometimes grey herons. An impressive weeping willow from the beginning of the 20th century borders Terlinden Pond.
Having become a vast semi-natural site, La Héronnière is subject to differentiated management taking account of the users, but also of the landscape and ecological potentials.