It is not easy to imagine that the entire area of a luxurious park in the north of Paris was once occupied by railway platforms and abandoned warehouses. Clichy-Batignolles - Martin-Luther-King Park was conceived as a huge green space that blends harmoniously with the surrounding urban space. A talented team led by landscape designer Jacqueline Osti successfully coped with the task by creating a modern park using energy-saving technologies.
The center of the park is occupied by a pond, which is surrounded by a ring of functioning railway tracks. Nearby, on a large lawn, you can see hillocks from 1 to 4 meters in height. As conceived by the designer, the hills, contrasting with perfectly flat paths, allow you to observe the surrounding nature and playgrounds.
The park is thematically divided into several zones: seasons, water and sports. The plants, carefully selected and planted according to the principle of alternating seasons, provide an ever-changing natural color and reflect the theme of the seasons. This space is suitable for both contemplative relaxation and relaxing walks. By the way, due to the concept of saving natural resources, the park is dominated by plants that consume a small amount of water and do not require fertilizers: pines, oaks, birches and many shrubs of all sizes.
The theme of water is represented by a variety of fountains, streams and reservoirs with a rich ecosystem. Water lilies, irises, reeds, reeds can be found near park reservoirs, and ducks often swim on the water surface. The water supply of the park is organized in such a way that not only the accumulated rainwater, but also the resources of reservoirs can be used for watering plants in the dry season.
The sports theme is displayed in a huge number of outdoor activities. Any visitor to the park can easily find something to their liking: basketball and football grounds, a skate park, a pétanque playground for teenagers and adults, two playgrounds for toddlers and older children.
History of the park
Work on an innovative project began in 2004. Jacqueline Osti decided to demonstrate to the Parisians the possibilities of building an ecological park using autonomous energy and water consumption. Thanks to the projected rainwater harvesting cycle and renewable energy sources, the park is fully supplied with water for irrigation and household needs, electricity for lighting and the functioning of work premises.
The first part of the park with an area of 4,3 hectares was commissioned in 2007. The original name of the park was Clichy-Batignolles, but in 2008, in memory of the 40th anniversary of the assassination of the famous American pastor and Nobel Prize laureate, it was renamed the Clichy-Batignolles-Martin Luther King Park.
В ближайшем будущем ожидается открытие последнего участка, в результате чего общая площадь достигнет 10 га. В 2019 году в южном углу парка было открытие новой станции метро Pont Cardinet.
The Martin Luther King Park in Paris is an extraordinary place that is worth visiting both during the day in order to appreciate all its beauty, and for a walk in the evening, plunging into the atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
Address: 147 Rue Cardinet, Paris 75017
Bus: Pont cardinet
Run time: 8:00-20:30