Support to “Zandloperpad” Footpath in Maasmechelen, Belgium
Located in the Mechelse Heide National Park in Maasmechelen, the “Zandloperpad” (hourglass road) footpath is now available through Sibelco’s partnership with local organisations and national governments.
As part of the National Park’s mission to ensure nature is available to all, this new 1.5 km paved path is now available to people with disabilities, wheelchair users and families with infants in prams. From the path, there is a great view of the old Sibelco quarry of Maasmechelen.
Maasmechelen plant removed and rebuilt a bit further
This is a unique project in Flanders (Belgium), not only in terms of creating a footpath but also for the total makeover of the landscape. After consultation and agreements with all parties about mining in the Hoge Kempen, Sibelco removed its operations in the area, which included replacing 5.000 m² of asphalt as well as demolishing buildings to make the plant surroundings blend into nature.
The official opening was attended by the Flemish Minister of Welfare, Health and Family, the local Mayor, a director of Nature and Forests as well as local partners.
The path was open to the public at the beginning of May 2014 with more than 1.000 visitors on the Opening Day. Congratulations to the whole project team!