On 2 April 2017, the Parc Rives de Seine, a new green space, opened in Paris. Since 2013, walkers and sports enthusiasts have enjoyed access to the revamped left bank of the Seine, between the Musée d’Orsay and the Pont de l’Alma. Now, four years later, the right bank has opened to the public!
Undergoing redevelopment since the end of 2016, the right bank of the Seine has reopened ... to pedestrians. Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the Seine riverbanks running through the heart of Paris have been transformed from an expressway into a 10-hectare park, swapping tarmac for grass and trees. The roads have been replaced by plants and countless fun things to do - just like on the left bank. More environmentally friendly than before, this new area is home to fair-trade, collaborative and locavore food outlets, and a store selling sustainable tourist products.
A resounding success since 2013
Attracting some four million visitors since it opened three years ago, the redeveloped left bank is hugely popular with visitors. Spanning 2.3 kilometres, the riverbanks are dotted with sports facilities, play areas for kids (big and small!), and places to relax, all open to the public. Designed to protect the environment, sustainability is also at the heart of this space. In these extraordinary surroundings you can have a drink or nibble tapas in the open air on the Rosa Bonheur sur Seine barge or at Faust.
In 2017, the right and left banks together form the Parc Rives de Seine, a riverside promenade that takes pedestrians from Place de la Bastille to the Eiffel Tower, criss-crossing the many bridges spanning the river as they go.
Please note: the banks of the Seine are accessible to people in wheelchairs and equipped with adapted sanitary facilities.
Top 5 activities at Parc Rives de Seine
For a relaxing and fun time by the water, here are 5 things to do on the riverbanks, with family or friends:
- Play a game of pétanque on one of the 5 courts below the Louis-Philippe bridge. During school holidays, equipment is available to borrow every day from 9am to 8pm!
- Have a drink on the terrace of the Scilicet fair-trade cafe. You can also play several board games there during the summer evenings.
- Teach your children games of skill with 2 vias ferratas and a balancing trail in the stems of trees specially designed for them.
- Travel back in time with the 3D Timescope binoculars. This free-to use virtual-reality terminal has been designed for you to admire the Paris of the past via an immersive reconstitution of the surrounding landscape, plunging you into the heart of the 17th century!
- Recharge your mobile phone while pedalling at one of the 5 sports apparatus areas at the Parc Rives de Seine.