Brussels forest to be renamed after Anne Frank

Located between Chaussée d’Haecht and rue Arthur Maes, the forest commonly known as “Arthur Maes Park” is about to take the name of Anne Frank.

The forest of just over one hectare located in the town of Haren is a little-known site, with particular biodiversity.

The decision will be soon officially taken, during the municipal council of the City of Brussels. Several Belgian public spaces bear the name of Anne Frank, including a boarding school in Tubize, and two squares, one in Hasselt and one in in Tournai.

“The idea is old, it dates back to 2005 when the college decided to feminize public space and in particular green spaces“, explained local councilwoman Zoubida Jellab to the RTBF.

Four famous women were selected at the time: Marguerite Yourcenar for Egmont Park, Marguerite Duras for Square des Blindés and Simone de Beauvoir for Fontainas Park and Anne Frank … It took 15 years for a public space in Brussels to be renamed after Anne Frank.

“Initially we considered renaming a park after her. Finally, in front of the present biodiversity, we agreed to rename a forest“, stated the City of Brussels.


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