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Parc de la Villete - A Unique Cultural and Leisure Park
The Parc de la Villette., a prototype 21st-century city park with gardens surrounding the Ourcq canal, features concert halls, cinemas and theatres - as well as the Cité de la Musique and the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie. The park has plenty of open spaces, referred to as "prairies" - popular locations for games and picnics. Ten thematic gardens can be found inside the park's boundaries as well, such as the dragon garden, mirror garden, and bamboo garden. Nearby, there are playgrounds for children, la grande halle - a giant hall for exhibitions and shows, the national conservatory of music and dance, and the "folies" - small red buildings housing mini-exhibits and snack bars. This is a great place for kids and adults to explore and offers equal parts fun, beauty, and opportunities for learning. 30, avenue Corentin-Cariou 19 e, Metro: Porte de la Villette.
The park was designed by Bernard Tschumi, a French architect of Swiss origin, who built it from 1984 to 1987 on the site of the huge Parisian abattoirs (slaughterhouses) and the national wholesale meat market, as part of an urban redevelopment project. The slaughterhouses, built in 1867 on the instructions of Napoléon III, had been cleared away and relocated in 1974. Tschumi won a major design competition in 1982/83 for the park, and he sought the opinions of the deconstructionist philosopher, Jacques Derrida, in the preparation of his design proposal.
Parc de la Villete Hours of Operation:
All year, Daily, Open 24 hours/day
Admission Fee for the Parc:
Getting to the Parc:
It is served by lines5and7