It was at the initiative of the Société d’Encouragement des races de chevaux et du développement des Courses en Belgique (a horse racing promotion body) that the plan for a racecourse took shape at the edge of the Sonian Forest. The Belgian state granted permission for the project so that works were able to begin in 1875, with landscape architect Édouard Keilig, already responsible for the layout of La Cambre Wood and Laeken Park, being commissioned to draw up the plans. Inspired by the Flemish neo-Renaissance style, the façades of the grandstand present alternating light-coloured and brick bands. The small stand, in contrast, is more in keeping with the Eclectic style. In 1900, another architect, François Kips, designed the stables and weighing building where the weight of jockeys was checked. Between 1941 and 1951, development of the site continued, with the involvement of architect Breydel, with the construction of the entrance gate, ticket booths, the starting tower and the betting area, among other elements. The last race took place in 1995. After a period of disuse after the end of horse racing activities, the racecourse was acquired by the Brussels-Capital Region. It is now the focus of a major renovation and restoration project for its remarkable buildings being carried out by the Region’s Urban Development Corporation, as well as a planned environmentally-friendly active leisure park being developed by a private operator: DROH!ME Melting Park. (Listed 11/09/1992).
Exhibitions and nature treasure hunt around the race track (for children).
Food and drink can be purchased on site (food trucks, stalls, etc.)