New park opens in Paris

January 31, 1993|By New York Times News Service

The Andre Citroen Park, at 34.6 acres, is the largest park to open in Paris in more than a century. Occupying the site of a former Citroen car factory, the city-owned park opened in September on the Left Bank in the 15th Arrondissement, near the Seine and the Eiffel Tower.

The park, viewed from above, could be compared to a human body with extended arms and legs, the torso being a huge lawn, each of the arms and legs a garden and the eyes, two immense greenhouses. The grass is open for play, an unusual concession in Paris, where many public lawns are off-limits. There are about 2,000 trees in the park, which cost about $62 million.

One greenhouse, an orangery containing rare tropical plants, is closed to the public, but some of its plants will be displayed outdoors in the summer.

The second, which is open on weekends, has plants from the Mediterranean and other warm climates, including many trees and flowering plants from South Africa.

The Citroen Park's address is 214 Rue St.-Charles, 75015 Paris; telephone, 40.71.75.23. Admission is free. The nearest Metro stations are Place Balard and Javel. A guided visit to the park (in English) may be arranged, or an information booklet obtained, by writing to Service des Visites, 3 Avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil, 75016 Paris; phone 40.71.75.23.

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