Paris’s new­est river­side park is sum­mer-cen­tral

Friday - - Travel -

It’s right in the heart of Paris, but the new­est sec­tion of the Parc Rives de Seine is eas­ily missed by vis­i­tors hunt­ing out the well-known land­marks of the Right Bank. Opened in April, a stretch of river­bank be­tween Pont Neuf and Pont de Sully has been trans­formed into a pedes­tri­anised, na­ture-fo­cused eco-zone. It fol­lows on the suc­cess of the Left Bank’s river­side re­vival in 2013 (be­tween Pont D’Alma and Pont Royal) cre­at­ing a vast, 10-hectare play­ground, criss-crossed by sev­eral bridges.

Flower beds have re­placed roads, there are benches, deck chairs and the odd ham­mock, and the more en­er­getic can use ex­er­cise bikes sta­tioned along the river. There are petanque courts, a mini-foot­ball pitch and plenty for chil­dren to do, from climb­ing walls to swings and via fer­ratas up tree trunks.

Other nice touches in­clude a pi­ano on which any­one can sit and play a tune or two, and 3D tele­scopes of­fer­ing users a Parisian his­tory les­son. There are fair­trade and lo­ca­vore snack out­lets, open-air bars and plenty of green pic­nic ar­eas. The per­fect spot for es­cap­ing the sum­mer city buzz.

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