October 1, 2022

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Vooruit Oostende wishes to return the green space to the residents of Westerkwartier: “There is clearly a driveway to the dam, walking space, playground and dog walking lawns on Wellington Course and Golf” |  Ostend

Vooruit Oostende wishes to return the green space to the residents of Westerkwartier: “There is clearly a driveway to the dam, walking space, playground and dog walking lawns on Wellington Course and Golf” | Ostend

OstendVooruit Oostende wants to give more public space and greenery to the residents of Westerkwartier on Wellington Golf Course. For example, they want to place a walking area, a playground, a meadow for walking dogs, but also a path to the dam. Mayor Bart Tomlin says they’ve been working on the plans for a while.

“Westerkwartier is densely populated and is one of the neighborhoods with the least amount of green space available to humans and animals,” says councilor John Krumpies (Forweet). “However, one of the largest green spaces in Ostend is adjacent to the area, stretching from the hippodrome to the golf courses. But this space is almost closed to the residents of the neighborhood.”

From the dog-walking lawns and playground to the walking area and trail to the dam

Vooruit Oostende makes a number of proposals to change this. “We want to open a lane from Westerkwartier to Zeedijk, among other things. A lane along the pigeon can be released in the very short term and can remain available almost always,” says John Krumpies. achieve it. There is more than enough space and easy access to create a dog walking area that can almost always be available. Oddly enough, the neighborhood is a neighborhood that doesn’t have much of a dog walking area, and a lot of residents own a dog. In addition, we also want to place a playground where children can play and a walking area where residents can enjoy nature. Spatially, organizationally and in terms of investments, it is entirely possible to open up this area without jeopardizing existing activities and uses.”

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Wellington Golf is a green lung in the center of Ostend © rv

Needless to say, many questions and comments could be raised about these proposals. Vooruit Oostende does this anyway because it is disproportionate to have a large green space for economic purposes and a small group of golfers, and not for a large group of residents of the area. Activities and golf can continue without any problem and without hindrance at the same time that these spaces are opened to a larger number of residents of the area. The possibility that there is a plan that the management of Ostend will have to create a park in and around the site of the old swimming pool makes these proposals more reasonable,” concludes John Krumbies.

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Mayor Bart Tomlin says they are fully engaged in these plans at City Council. “In June we received a Flemish support of €800,000 to treat vulnerable neighbourhoods. At that time, we had already announced a first series of measures, including the opening of the Wellington Racecourse and Golf for the residents of Westerkwartier. The goal is to make the private area partly accessible to the residents of the neighbourhood. The owners of Wellington Golf Oostende is willing to share part of the renovated royal greenhouses and horse stables and give substance to the neighborhood.”

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Residents of Westerkwartier sing in the Westerkwartier Choir

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