The youngest Parisian strip park Rives-de-Seine (Le parc Rives-de-Seine) connects the three arrondissements of the capital. It stretches for 7 km along both banks of the main French river along the many attractions of the historic center. The 10 hectares of the park begins near the Place de la Bastille in the east and extends to the base of the Eiffel Tower in the west.
Pages of History
For almost the entire 20th century embankments of Paris were used as the main transport arteries of the city. Since the 1930s, their development has followed the path of creating maximum comfort for motorists. This was facilitated by the theories of urbanism that were dominant at that time, the consistent supporters of which were the architect Le Corbusier and the politician J. Pompidou.
The first attempts to rethink the role of embankments in urban infrastructure were made in the 1970s. However, a cardinal turning point was outlined only after they were included in the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1991.
Practical steps to transform the embankments were taken by the mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, at the beginning of the 21st century. In 2013, traffic was first restricted along the left bank of the Seine as an experiment.
From the Orsay Museum to the Alma Bridge, the first fragment of the future park, the Promenade de Berge de la Seine, was created in a short time. For several years it was visited by about 4 million Parisians and tourists, which confirmed the correctness of the decision.
Work on the second phase of the park began in the fall of 2016 at the initiative of the new mayor of the capital, Marie Hidalgo. Six months later, the former noisy highways on the banks of the Seine were unrecognizable. Instead of paved roads, green alleys and vast lawns with flower beds have been laid.
World of entertainment
The Rives-de-Seine Park offers a huge variety of forms of relaxation whatever the weather. You can come here simply to enjoy sunbathing on a sun lounger on fine days or to spend time on a picnic with friends.
For the youngest visitors to the park, there are several play areas with attractions that develop dexterity and strength on its territory. They can experience a breathtaking adventure in a rope park or go to Paris in the 17th century. using 3D Timescope binocular terminals.
Those who wish to combine pleasant with useful can take part in competitions at the climbing wall, play football, volleyball and basketball or ride bicycles, roller skates and a gyroscooter. On the right bank of the river, 5 petanque courts have been created, new souvenir shops, eco-cafes and restaurants have been opened.
Environmental safety and a variety of living ecosystems are the main condition for the development of a new recreation and entertainment area. Here, even the terminals for charging smartphones, laptops and tablets are equipped with a foot pedal to generate electricity.
In secluded corners of the park, hives and decks for bees and other insects have been installed, and feeders for water birds and bats have appeared near the water. Visitors to the park are quite free to pick ripe pears, plums and apples from fruit trees to taste these gifts of nature.
Address: 54 Voie Georges Pompidou, Paris 75001
Bus: Chatelet, Pont Neuf - Quai du Louvre