Parc Rives de Seine (inaugurated on 2 April 2017)
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The latest attraction in Paris is a 4.5km promenade along the right bank of the Seine River starting from the Quai des Tuileries (mid-point of the Tuileries Garden) and ending at the Arsenal port near Place de la Bastille. It was inaugurated by Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, on April 2, 2017.
Called "Parc Rives de Seine", it is meant to link up with the existing 2.5km promenade along the left bank via the Passerelle Leopold-Sedar-Senghor to make a total of 7km in all. However much of it is not totally new, as the heavily-cobbled surfaces in some sections have not been tarred, making it difficult for a stroll if one is not wearing comfortable sneakers. The innovative (and highly animated) part really starts from the Pont Neuf side and ends at Pont Marie near the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Note though that on a sunny day you should start your walk from the Pont Neuf side and not the Notre-Dame side if you do not want to have the sun's rays smack in your eyes!
Picture shows the steps leading from Pont Neuf (opposite the Samaritaine) where your promenade can begin. There is a stand selling snacks here.
There are plenty of long "benches" all along the Parc Rives de Seine.
Stretches of green are few and far between but you can still close your eyes and imagine you are in a park.
A long patch of grass along the Seine River for sun-bathers.
A wooden boat for the little ones to have fun with.
A wooden structure in the form of an upturned boat with netting all around it to allow bigger children enjoy a game of mini-football inside.
Where is the park along the Seine River? It's here, not far from the Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Another view of the little park along the promenade.
Little tables and chairs are set up near the Pont Louis-Philippe side to face the Seine River.
Tables for picnickers a bit further down near the Pont Marie.
A place to sit with a book to read or just to find quiet and peace of mind.
This part of the promenade was formerly full of cars whizzing by.
Something for the sportifs.
The young take their first steps in climbing walls
Tree trunks to help the kids keep their balance.
A Frenchman offering facial and neck massage for a small contribution.
A hammock to keep the youngsters happy.
The 4.5km promenade ends at the Arsenal port near Place de la Bastille.
The Passerelle Leopold-Sedar-Senghor links the promenade on both banks of the Seine River.
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