Paris projects for 2017
The Paris City Hall has presented its priorities for 2017. A closer look at key measures.
A park on the banks of the Seine
A section of the banks of the Seine is being turned into a pedestrian walk-way, 3.3 kms long from the Tuileries tunnel (in the 1st arrondissement) to the Bassin de l’Arsenal (in the 4th), and will open the path to new activities on the right bank of the Seine. In 2017, six businesses working in social and solidarity-based economics will set up shop: a locavore restaurant, a workshop for repairing and resourcing bikes, a fair-trade boutique… On the left bank, since 2013, pedestrians and bicyclists can also use 2.3 kilometers of car-free paths, from the Musée d’Orsay to the Pont de l’Alma (in the 7th).
A new ecological transportation system on the upper banks
The upper right banks will be restructured. A new ecological transportation system will be launched. Experimentation with autonomous shuttles will also be carried out on the Pont Charles-de-Gaulle, between the Gare de Lyon and the Gare d’Austerlitz.
A new bike path in the middle of the Champs-Elysées
Paris will be inaugurating a new bike path all the way down the most beautiful avenue in the world, as part of its move to give more and more room to green transportation.
10 hectares of green space on the Petite Ceinture
Recovery of the Petite Ceinture continues. One section has opened in the 13th arrondissement, and other projects are being examined, in concertation with the town halls of the arrondissements, residents, neighborhood councils and associations. By the end of 2017, a total of 10 hectares will be open to Parisians.
A solar park in the Parc Floral
A citizen-funded solar park is going to be built in the Parc Floral (12th).
7000 units of social housing to be built
Paris is continuing its proactive policy on social housing. 7000 new social housing units will be created in 2017.
Place de la Nation to be restructured
Major concertation was carried out regarding the capital’s seven major squares. Place de la Nation will be the first to be restructured in 2017.
Architectural heritage: church renovations
The City is pursuing its ambitious cultural heritage plan: 80 million euros have been allocated for the 2015-2020 period to renovate its churches, which are also a factor it the capital’s attractiveness for tourists. In 2017, work will begin at the Saint Augustin, Saint Eustache and Madeleine churches.
“Reinvent Paris” continues
The Morland project will be launched as part of the first wave of the Reinvent Paris project. New sites will be opened up to the most innovative projects for “Reinvent Paris 2”.
One year of musical instruments for elementary school children
Elementary school pupils will learn to play a musical instrument for at least one year during their schooling. 100% of CM2 pupils will be covered by this innovative educational program.
Inauguration of a refugee center
A refugee reception center opened in October 2016 at La Chapelle, and a second center will open in 2017 for isolated refugee women and families. Built on a former Eau de Paris site, it will have a capacity of 350 people. Until it opens, a welcome facility will be available at the humanitarian aid center on Boulevard Ney.
Swimming in the Bassin de la Villette and the Lac Daumesnil
A swimming area will open to the public in the Bassin de la Villette (19th) starting in the summer of 2017. The free public swimming area, open to all and protected by life guards, will include three separate zones: a play pool for children, a shallow pool and a swimming area for experienced swimmers. A similar swimming area will open in the Lac Daumesnil in 2019.
The Amiraux, Mourlon and Emile-Anthoine swimming pools will also be renovated.
Major sporting events hosted in Paris
In 2017, Paris will be the world’s capital for sporting events, hosting major international competitions: the World Handball Championship, the World Ice Hockey Championship and the World Wrestling Championship.
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