Introducing the city of Ghent
Ghent is one of Belgiums’ oldest cities located in the Flemish Region of Belgium with population of 240,191 (2009). During the Middle Ages, Ghent was one of the richest and most powerful cities in Europe. It was once considered the second largest city north of the alps, after Paris. It is the capital and largest city of the East Flanders province of which the history starts in 630 and nearly 1400 years of history is still palpable in the city today.
Ghent is divided into two parts: the historic centre and the artistic centre.
In the historical part of the city centre is the Belfry, which is the heart of this quarter. Each of the buildings and monuments within this quarter have a story.
The Book Tower is considered seen as the heart of the artistic centre of Ghent. This quarter is divided into: Zuid-site, Sint-Pietersplein-site, Citadelpark-site and Bijloke-site. In this part of the city there are museums are located, such as the Museum of Fine Arts.
As the city council made the center free of cars, it is now a very welcoming and open area, which does not fail to impress even the people who live there. For children there are a lot of indoor and outdoor activities such as playgrounds, indoor play area (Pretland Gent), Play Beach, Sports and Recreation Parcs, skate parcs and different events.
The city Ghent is very busy and involved in making and getting the city more child friendly. Marianne Labre, ‘Program Director ‘Ghent, child and youth friendly city’ Youth Service in Ghent’, mentioned that the idea to start intensively working on the child friendliness in the city started during the preamble of the term plan 2014 – 2019.
The Youth Service started a traject a ‘course’ in 2012 ‘Ghent, child- and youth friendly city’ (Ghent, K&JVS).