With a year to go, the Olympic and Paralympic Games' legacy is already taking shape

Updated on 17/06/2024
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Ending disposable plastic, swimming in the Seine, the Adidas Arena and Porte de la Chapelle… Developments that will leave a useful legacy for Parisians after the 2024 Games. Find out more.
Leaving a tangible, social and solidarity-based legacy after the Games is the aim of "Transformations Olympiques" scheme, a City of Paris action plan that has been specifically set up. Here are 20 strong measures designed to accelerate public policies, implemented since 2019.

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Since kick-off in 2019, this collaborative work has continued with the support of the Paris 2024 Endowment Fund and all involved players: City employees, residents, associations, economic players. With less than a year to go before the launch of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the City of Paris has published an initial assessment of its actions in a report.

A strategy implemented at major sporting events

Tangible heritage

During Euro 2016, the city set up the "Paris Sports Parc": an innovative scheme that promotes the hosting of major international sporting events (GESI) organized in Paris between 2016 and 2019. Accessible and free of charge, this traveling sports village is deployed in public spaces. It has been designed with an eco-friendly aspect to it, as it is entirely modular and reusable. Accommodating up to 500 people simultaneously, it has been reused for the Men's World Handball Championship and the Ice Hockey World Cup the following year, as well as for the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2019.
Another tangible legacy of hosting major international sporting events in Paris is the creation of new sports facilities for the city. This was the case in 2017 after the hosting of the World Wrestling Championships, with the creation of the Salle Lino Ventura in the 11th arrondissement, bringing the sport back to the capital. After the 2018 Gay Games, a new beach volleyball pitch was also created at the Centre Sportif Jules Ladoumègue (19th arrondissement), while the legacy of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup includes four physical education pitches dedicated to women's soccer.

Social heritage and solidarity

During Euro 2016, 100 training courses were created especially for the event, and the City of Paris was involved in the recruitment of over a thousand people. The FIFA Fan Experience at the 2019 Women's World Cup at Les Halles, generated 175 hours of work for unemployed people thanks to the City. In addition to this, a dedicated recruitment day was hosted in a working-class neighborhood by Proman, the official World Cup hiring agency partner, for positions in reception during matches.
Finally, on July 2nd, 2019, a recruitment day was hosted for 200 female candidates at the FIFA Fan Experience, dedicated to RATP job opportunities, as well as security jobs. These schemes use sport and its values to re-mobilize people who are currently unemployed.
The latest example is the Solidarity Tournament that was hosted on June 28th, 2019 with women from various Parisian emergency shelters, in partnership with the SOS Solidarité association. The City has also undertook to covering the sports licenses for participants wishing to join a Parisian club for the 2019-2020 season. A good way of encouraging women to take up sporting activities.

A legacy built with Paris' national and international partners

Agreement with Seine-Saint Denis

Local authorities in Paris and Seine-Saint-Denis have been working together since the bidding phase to help get local residents involved while drawing up a strong, coherent legacy proposal for redevelopment in the surrounding areas while also bringing them closer together. After an initial agreement signed in 2016 between the local authorities as part of the Olympic bid, the Games provide an opportunity to write a new page in history. They provide backing for the implementation of new projects over the 2019-2024 period that will then be backed by other public players involved around the Paris 2024 Olympic Games Organizing Committee (OCOG).
The aim is that this positive collaborative dynamic between Paris and Seine-Saint-Denis will enable the signatory communities to seize on opportunities associated with hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The agreement sets out 18 projects in 4 areas: ecological transition, urban continuity, inclusion and participation. In particular, it aims to reduce inequalities and territorial fractures, improve mobility and exchanges, and build a common destiny, especially for new generations.

Memorandum of understanding with Tokyo and Los Angeles

Meeting with Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo
At its 130th session in July 2017 in Lausanne, the International Olympic Committee approved the idea of a tripartite agreement opening up the possibility of awarding both the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games. This agreement was made possible by the friendship that unites the cities of Paris and Los Angeles, by their shared commitments and values. That's why, as an extension of this agreement, the two cities have decided to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the privileged ties that already exist between Los Angeles and Paris and improve the quality of life of their populations.
Signed on October 23th, 2017, this MOU focuses on three areas: sustainable development, inclusion and innovation.
In a similar move, the Mayor of Paris also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Governor of Tokyo, which hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2021. Under this agreement, the two cities committed themselves to sharing their experience, expertise and best practices in a wide range of fields, including sport, the environment, culture and tourism. The aim of these two bilateral cooperative ventures is to prepare the cities for the hosting of the Games, optimizing their economic impact and building a tangible, lasting legacy for the city.