The famous flower clock in Ostend will be dedicated to Cool Towns in 2021. The flower clock dates from 1933. The flower bed has a diameter of nine meters. The large copper hand covered with gold leaf is four meters long and weighs 90 kilograms, the small hand is three meters long and weighs 70 kilograms. The timepiece is powered by an electric motor) which is hidden under the ground. The bronze clock that stands above the timepiece is the oldest part of the flower clock. This clock was made more than 250 years ago (in 1748) and comes from the ‘Peperbusse’, the only remaining tower of the St. Peter’s Church that almost completely burned down in 1896. Every year more than 30,000 plants are used to plant the flower clock.
The Leopold Park
The Leopold Park – or ‘den hof’ as the people of Ostend call the park – was designed by the landscape architect Louis Fuchs. The architect of German origin chose the typical English landscape style, with bridges, footpaths and flower beds. The park was partly laid out over the old city walls of Ostend, but also partly in military domain. It has an area of about 5 hectares. In 1862 a first regulation was drawn up for walkers. Tourists got free entry, but Ostend residents had to pay!
In 1859, two water veins were discovered in the park. Two drinking pavilions were erected on this, which continued to exist until 1940 and 1960. The music kiosk, which is still there, dates from 1885.