The largest park in Luxembourg City will open next year

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The largest park in Luxembourg City will open next year

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05.16.2022

Covering an area larger than the Pentagon, the €16m development in Gasperich will include a huge lake and be able to host events

Covering an area larger than the Pentagon, the €16m development in Gasperich will include a huge lake and be able to host events


The park in Gasperich is still under construction.

Photo credit: Guy Jallay

By Jeff Wiltzius and Heledd Pritchard

Luxembourg City’s largest park, covering an area larger than the Pentagon, will open next spring with around 600 trees and a lake the size of two football fields.

The park, which will cost around 16 million euros and is being built in Gasperich, was initially expected to be ready by this summer, but will now open next year, offering people an “oasis of calm”, said councilor Serge Wilmes during a visit to the construction site

The entire park will measure 160,000 square meters, slightly larger than the Pentagon, and will have about 600 trees, including fruit trees that people will be able to pick produce from.

Around 10,000 people live in the Gasperich area, not far from the Cloche d’Or district, where numerous blocks of flats and offices have been built in recent years.


A long footpath is being built in the new park in Gasperich

A long footpath is being built in the new park in Gasperich

Photo: Guy Jallay

The park initially faced a year-long delay before receiving the go-ahead from the Environment Ministry, and then work stalled further amid a dispute over its ranking in a points system used in large-scale developments to offset environmental damage on construction sites.

The Drosbach River, which runs through the park, has been restored to reduce the risk of flooding and small fish will be placed in the river. Planning the route of the river took several years, according to Falvio Morabito, of the Hydraulic Works Department, and the lake does not depend on the river as a source.

There will be two large meadows 4,000 meters long, where events can be held. The construction works of a brasserie with two terraces, which will cost an additional 5 million euros, will begin in October and are scheduled to be completed in June 2024.




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