Parc Clichy-Batignolles – Martin-Luther-King

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The Parc Clichy-Batignolles or Parc Clichy-Batignolles - Martin Luther King is a green space in Paris' 17th arrondissement (district). It is part of the Clichy Batignolles [fr] urban development project, which started in 2001, transforming 54 hectares (130 acres) of land formerly occupied by freight yards for the French railway company SNCF.[1] The name of the park is derived from: proximity to the site of a nineteenth century Porte de Clichy, a gate in Paris' Thiers wall that opened to the commune of Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine; proximity to the former SNCF Batignolles station; and a tribute to the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Within the larger Clichy Batignolles project, the Parc Clichy-Batignolles - Martin Luther King will eventually cover 10.8 hectares (27 acres), of which 6.5 hectares (16 acres) had been opened to the public by 2014. When finished (scheduled for around 2015),[2] it will be the largest green space in the 17th arrondissement, as well as the 8th largest park in Paris.

Access[edit]

As of 2014, the park has six entrance points from adjacent streets, at:

  • 147 Cardinet Street (south)
  • 151 Cardinet Street (south)
  • 9 Bernard-Buffet Street (northeast)
  • 36 Gilbert-Cesbron Street (north)
  • 5 Colette-Heilbronner Lane (along Berthier Boulevard, northwest)
  • 19 Colette-Heilbronner Lane (along Berthier Boulevard, northwest)

Entrances to the south-west of the park, on Mstislav-Rostropovitch Street, will be added when the park is fully open.[3]

The nearest Métro stations are Porte de Clichy and Brochant, while the nearest Tram access is the Porte de Clichy stop on the 3b line.[3]

View of one of the wind turbines in the park (2012)

Grounds and facilities[edit]

Sustainable principles underpin the design of the park, and features include low maintenance plants; solar panels and wind turbines; reconstituted materials for walkways and rainwater harvesting.[4]

Recreation facilities include a skatepark, basketball courts and children's play area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://paris.17.evous.fr/Parc-Clichy-Batignolles-on-respire,1106.html[bare URL]
  2. ^ "301".
  3. ^ a b "Parc Clichy-Batignolles - Martin Luther King - Paris tourist office".
  4. ^ "Parc Martin Luther King – Paris 17th". 17 January 2011.

Coordinates: 48°53′27″N 2°18′55″E / 48.89083°N 2.31528°E / 48.89083; 2.31528