Parc de Belleville, in the 20th arrondissement, Paris.
Pictured from top:
- Playground designed by BASE landscape architecture studio
- Terrace with panoramic views across Paris.
- 100 metre cascade…out of order.
- Small vineyard on former sight of wine growing area in the park.
- Elderly chinese women performing improvised morning exercise routine in the concrete amphitheatre.
- Sticker for Amnesty International campaign to free former Black Panther, Albert Woodfox from wrongful imprisonment.
From my short visit I was pleased to find a park that, despite seeming slightly down at heel, seems to truly represent the diverse communities that live in the surrounding neighbourhoods.
“You can neither lie to a neighbourhood park, nor reason with it. ‘Artist’s conceptions’ and persuasive renderings can put pictures of life into proposed neighbourhood parks or park malls, and verbal rationalizations can conjure up users who ought to appreciate them, but in real life only diverse surroundings have the practical power of inducing a natural, continuing flow of life and use.” - Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.