Spike's Blog

PARKS: Paris knows how to do 'em right

Posted: 11/12/2021 10:52:56 AM


I write about American parks in "A Walk Around the Block" ... and we do a superb job (in most cities) creating spaces everyone can use for recreating, musing and relaxing. So does Paris ... and they often have fun with their parks. They're not all as grand as the Tuileries gardens in Paris, but ewhat they lack in size, they often make up for in creativity ...

THE TUILERIES OF PARIS (above)

For instance, they have places for boxing along the banks of the Seine (below) and ...

fun places for sitting in public squares (below) and ...

imaginative use of grassy spacers, like this park where berms create nooks for sitting and ridges for riding ...

(you may have to turn your head sideways for this one!)

So let's think quality (versus quantity) and fun (versus absolute safety) when it comes to future parks.