Paris is famous for its parks and green areas. Every Parisian who only wants to, can go for a free gardening course to learn how to take care for greenery. Later, he or she can choose any piece of land in the capital of France and plant flowers. Of course, you should take care of them and be responsible. Quite a nice idea, right? It teaches not only responsibility and civic affiliation, but also helps to create a beautiful landscape at home.
In Paris, parks and squares as well as running routes are in many places. Recently, walking through the 15th arrondissement of Paris, I saw an ancient blue gate with the inscription Square Saint Lambert and decided to go through it. It appeared to my eyes a calm and at the same time interesting green area with a beautiful fountain. Paris surprised me again, I thought.
In the 19th century, there was a gas factory in the same place, which was demolished in 1933. In order to restore the contaminated terrain, it was replaced with a completely new ground. Architect Georges Sébille decided to take advantage of the new place and create a citizen-friendly park with an amphitheater.
The park is divided into three parts:
- a playground for children with swings and slides
- theater with an open area, ideal for picnics and rest
- covered, round sandbox for rainy days
The park was created in art-deco style, like many other places from the 1930s.
The main wall is decorated with a monumental bas-relief by the sculptor Auguste Guénot presenting dancing children. There is also a monument of Victor Piotr from 1938 (Les Oursons), depicting the fight between two young bears.
The square was inscribed in the historical monuments in 1997 as the “Legacy of the Twentieth Century”.
Walking through the park on a sunny Sunday afternoon, I did not meet too many people there. Of course, two families enjoyed pleasant weather by doing a picnic, someone was practicing yoga, and someone was reading a book, but it was really empty compared to other places in Paris.
So if you are from the 15th arrondissement of Paris, I would like to recommend entering to a small park with a view of the Eiffel Tower and to make a break from the hustle and bustle of Parisian streets.
How to get there:
- metro line 8, stop Commerce
- metro line 12, stop Vaugirard
Address: Rue Léon Lhermitte/ Rue Théophraste Renaudot