Ghent University is working towards a greener, safer and more social and user friendly park


Ghent University is excited to announce that the redesign works to the park have commenced. The works are subsidized by VLAIO for 1.8 million euro, Ghent University contributes more than 3 million euro.

What’s on the agenda?
• A new central meeting place (parvis);
• The construction of a new ring road with more measures to slow down the traffic and to prevent roadside parking, as well as new lighting and better rainwater management.

As part of these works, the underground pipelines will also be renewed and additional data facilities will be installed.
The ring road will be a bicycle street of 4m20 with an extra 80cm width to accommodate exceptional transport.
At this point no free standing bike path will be constructed. We will however safeguard a 3 meter strip around the ring road in order not to rule out this option in the future;

• The construction of a network for cyclist and pedestrians in the green areas and the realization of a central bicycle axis.

This main bicycle road will connect the parvis, the parking building and the tram stop in Zwijnaarde. In time, a connection with the roundabout and the park forest will also be added;

• Improvement works on the green areas, including picnic islands and 2 sports fields with ping-pong tables and soccer field.

All these construction works will greatly improve the look and feel of the park, and will further enhance the water management and biodiversity.

Ghent University is working towards a more uniform park appearance and by improving the ‘soft road network’ they’ll enhance the safety for cyclists and pedestrians as well as making the green park strips more enjoyable.

The car traffic at the park will be better managed. The cars will be guided to the respective car parks and/or to the new parking tower. Access management for cars will also be introduced (further explanation will follow in a later newsletter).

The preparation works have already started.
A number of utilities are currently being diverted at the level of the future "parvis".
There is some noise pollution due to the construction works and at times traffic might be diverted.
Part of the parking opposite the iGent tower is being used by the contractor for storage, reducing the number of available parking spaces.

The actual renewal works will start at the end of this year or the beginning of next year.

Delivery is scheduled for the summer of 2022.