Plinius Leisure Park

Tongeren (BE), 2016



On the location of a former leisure park, a new city park has been realized. Plinius park is the new touristic entry to Tongeren, the eldest city of Belgium with a Gallo Roman and Medieval past. The Plinius park is a green oasis in the city with a characteristic atmosphere referring to the historic grounds, with an open air pool for recreation purposes.

The park lies in between the historical city centre of Tongeren and the surrounding Haspengouw landscape. The design principle was based on the touristic qualities of the specific site, like the presence of the original Plinius spring, and its surroundings. The old and still existing Beto castle sets an example for the design of the park and a new icon: the raised swimming pool is situated as a platform on top of the hill, offering a great view over the landscape, referring to the old castles. The Plinius spring feeds the water of the swimming pool and the pond in the park.

To link the old Beto castle with the ‘new castle’, the swimming pool, the park connects the Haspengouw landscape with the historic centre of Tongeren. It is the start point of many touristic walks through the landscape of Haspengouw and Tongeren.

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Name: Plinius Leisure Park
Location: Tongeren (BE)
Program: leisure park, open air swimming pool, reception and dining pavillion
Surface area: Pavillion 2,000 m2 gfa, terasses 1,500 m2, lawn 6,000 m2, park 22 ha
Assignment: PD, FD, aesthetic management
Period: 2010-2016
Status: Built
Client: NV Plinius


VenhoevenCS: Ton Venhoeven, Cécilia Gross, Arjan Pot, Rick ten Doeschate, Alexander Speelman (intern), Katayoun Mashhoudi (intern)
Landscape architect:OKRA Landschapsarchitecten
Images: Ossip van Duivenbode (photos)