Published On: Fri, Jun 26th, 2015

Paris Plages 2015

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PAris plage, quai de l'hôtel de villeFrom July 20th, head to the City Hall plaza, the banks of the Seine, or the Bassin de la Villette to enjoy summer on the beach in Paris.

For one month, Paris Plages (‘Paris Beaches’) will allow all Parisians and visitors to take full advantage of the holidays and to experience summer in the capital differently. This annual free event – open every day from 9am to midnight – will take place in front of the City Hall, on the Georges-Pompidou expressway and at the Bassin de la Villette. Additional Paris Plages beaches will also be installed in the 14th and 20th arrondissements, in the Elisabeth and Louis Lumière sports centres respectively.

Here are some of the highlights to look forward to this year:

At the Hotel de Ville plaza and the Pompidou expressway
From July 20th to August 16th

This summer, sports fans will have the opportunity to participate in beach volleyball matches on the City Hall plaza and, thanks to EuroBasket, will also be able to turn their hand to urban basketball. Meanwhile, the pedestrianised Georges-Pompidou expressway will be fully transformed into a seaside resort, complete with sand, deckchairs and palm trees. A varied programme of cultural activities will be on offer until August 16th on this kilometer-long stretch, including a Louvre museum exhibition on the theme of the Nile River and a pop-up library hosted by Flammarion Bookshops. Lafarge, the sand supplier for Paris Plages, have planned an event based on the famous novella Le Petit Prince.

Sports-enthusiasts will be able to choose from Tai Chi, dancing, table football or boules on the banks of the Seine, and younger Parisians and visitors have not been forgotten either. As every year, a full programme of children’s activities and events have been planned, including sandcastle workshops, sporting activities, and P’tit Vélib’ bike rental.

Bassin de la Villette
From July 20th to August 23th

Pedalos, electric boats, water-walking balls, sailboats and rowing boats will all be on offer at the largest artificial lake in Paris. Several different sports are available on dry land too, including football, Tai Chi, archery, badminton, street tennis and frisbee golf.

On the cultural side, an introduction to archeology will be offered by the National Institute for Preventive Archeological Research, and thanks to Éditions Delcourt, comic books for young people will be available to browse.

Paris Plages and the environment
Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place in the capital this December, Paris Plages reaffirms the City’s commitment to sustainable development. To reduce any CO2 emissions, the palm trees, the sand, and all equipment for the festivities will be transported to Paris by barge.

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