Gentbrugge within Ghent
|• Total||4.72 km2 (1.82 sq mi)|
(31 December 2008)
|• Density||1,556/km2 (4,030/sq mi)|
Gentbrugge is one of 25 districts ("wijken") of the city of Ghent, Belgium in the Flemish Region of Belgium. Gentbrugge together with Oud Gentbrugge had been a separate municipality before January 1, 1977, when it fused with Ghent.
The district of Gentbrugge itself has been divided in four neighborhoods: Dries, Sportplein, Coninxdonk and the rural area Zwarte Fles with a population of 3417, 3653, 268 and 6 respectively in 2008.
- Between 1999 and 2008 the population grew by 2,1% as compared to 7,1 for Ghent entirely
- The average age is 81
- The number of non-Belgian inhabitants is with 3,7% lower than the average of Ghent (10,01%)
The Gentbrugse Meersen is a rural area of 270ha surrounded by urbanized Gentbrugge to the West, the Scheldt river in the East and parted in the middle by the E17 freeway. It is being developed by the City of Ghent to an area for nature development/conservation and recreation.
Places of interest
- Rattendaelepark. Historical parc, now for recreational use. From the Castle Vilain named after its first owner Albijn Vilain (1619) only a tower remains.
- The water tower, visible when entering Ghent by the E17 highway from Antwerp. Originally from 1937 and colorfully repainted in 1990 by the Ghent artist Chris Demangel.
- Gentbrugge used to host the stadium of the Belgian first league football club, KAA Gent, also known as La Gantoise. Now the football club resides over at the Ghelamco Arena in the city of Ghent.
- The St. Eligius Church near the Brusselsesteenweg. Originally neo-gothic from 1884, but expanded in art-deco style in 1937 by the architect W. Vandenbogaerde.
- The castle Coninxdonck, built in the 19th century to replace a medieval castle
- The Administrative Center. An example of sixties functionalism designed by the Belgian architect Paul Felix in 1973.
Gentbrugge used to have the stadium (Jules Ottenstadion) of the First Class-team KAA Gent, also known as La Gantoise. The final tribune of the stadium got demolished in June 2014. Since then La Gantoise resides at the Ghelamco arena near the U.Z. clinic in Ghent. There are some tennis courts in Gentbrugge of a team which is also called La Gantoise, besides the hockey team.
There's also another football team in Ghent, which played its games in the Emanuel Hielstadium. This team was created on the 1. April 1899 when the teams Athletic Club Gantois, Sport Pédestre Gantois and Football Club Gantois merged and became a member of the UBSSA as Racing Club de Gand. In the period before 2010 this team has changed its name after some later developments into KRC-Gent-Zeehaven and it plays its matches in Oostakker. The fields in Gentbrugge have accommodated athletics from 2010 in order to give a suitable training field to the Racing Club Gent for Athletics.
- Official site of the district Gentbrugge
- Local activities and events
- Site of Gentbugse Meersen nature conservation area
- Artikel about the end of the football stadium in Gentbrugge