Paris Serves Up Les Halles Playground – Terrain d’aventures

Back in the spring of 2011, I wrote a post on Paris playgrounds. MJ, one of my workmates was there and took a couple of photos for PlayGroundology. At the same time I came across an artist’s rendition of of the playground that was to be built at the redeveloped site of Les Halles.

The terrain d’aventures opened in early October this year. The video below gives a taste of the unique equipment that makes this new play space a star attraction for Parisians on downtown outings in the 1er arrondissement.

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The Mayor and his closest aides were there as well as France 3 Paris Ile-de-France TV. Unlike a playground opening earlier this week in Lisbon where there were no kids on camera, Les Halles features quite a few testing out the fun that’s packed in and parsed out over 2,500 square metres.

Les halles details

If you’re Paris bound, check here for details. The playground opens at 10 in the morning and currently kids can only play in it for 1 hour per day. The maximum capacity for the playground is 100 kids per hour. Reservations are required and entry is free.

Jardin des enfants - Mairie de Paris 1Click through on the image for a full photo gallery.

Don’t stop the fun at Les Halles. Check this list of Paris playgrounds.

All images courtesy of the Ville de Paris.

4 responses to “Paris Serves Up Les Halles Playground – Terrain d’aventures

  1. Awesome playground! But how are those trees going to last with their bases covered in rubber?

    • Maybe the material is permeable and allows the roots to get the air and water they need to survive. I’m thinking that my brother the science guy would laugh at this explanation. I offer it for what it’s worth. Thanks for the comment. Tell your friends about the good fun at PlayGroundology. Cheers, Alex

  2. the roots spread outwards, but still grass is better than wetpour.

    http://grassrootsplay.com/projects/playground_equipment for some nice examples of natural playgrounds with trees

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