The space for off-leash dogs in Brussels: a puzzle

Spaces where you can let your doggie roam are not legion in the capital. The recent increase in the canine population further complicates the balance to be found with other users.


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Duden without a leash” is one of those groups sleeping on Facebook. A handful of members still share a few videos, relay adoption requests. Dogs, always. This gathering of Internet users is the remnant of a battle lost in 2013. At the time, Duden Park was the last green space in the capital where dogs could frolic without a leash. Owner of the forest site until 2005, the Royal Donation did not impose the attachment of canines. For the sake of harmonizing the rules, Brussels Environment has put an end to this exception.

Nine years later, the place for doggies remains an unresolved equation in Brussels. The increase in the canine population even complicates the situation. Between 2019 and 2021, the number of registered dogs rose to 89,204, or 2,000 more. At the same time, the increase in the number of inhabitants also puts pressure on green spaces.




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