Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, has outlined part of a 43-point plan that places sport in the heart of Paris in its bid for the 2024 Olympic Games.
Key proposals include a new rapid transit line that will serve major Olympic sites, and a major clean-up of the Seine, enabling the public to swim in the river.
Other proposals are a cycle lane linking proposed 2024 Olympic sites including Stade de France (Olympic Stadium), the Aquatics Centre and the Olympic Village, a new 35 km hiking trail in the centre of Paris passing through protected green spaces, the implementation of sports equipment on street corners, in social housing areas and in new dedicated areas such as the right bank of the Seine, a new rapid transit line that will run from the east to the west of Paris serving major Olympic sites including Parc des Princes (football), Roland Garros (Tennis), Jean-Bouin Stadium (Rugby Sevens), the Eiffel Tower (Beach Volleyball}, Grand Palais (Fencing), Esplanade des Invalides (Archery), and Bercy Arena (Basketball and Judo).
Mayor Hidalgo will present the action plan in full to Paris city council on May 17 in the presence of Paris 2024 Co-chairmen Bernard Lapasset and Tony Estanguet.
The goal is to implement the plan in full between now and the proposed start of the Games in 2024.
On Sunday Paris’ iconic Champs-Élysées was closed to traffic and pedestrianized to allow for more recreation and physical activity. Plans are in place to repeat the closure on the first Sunday of each month.
Hidalgo said, “Paris is embarking on a journey of re-invention driven by innovation and I am delighted to announce our plan for a sustainable and more active Paris with sport at the heart of the city. This plan aims to immediately build and prepare the legacy of the Games from now on. By harnessing the unique power of the Olympic Games we can realize our vision and transform our radiant city while staying true to our traditions”.
Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Bernard Lapasset said “Paris 2024 is delighted with this comprehensive action plan from Mayor Hidalgo which puts sport first – reflecting the core values of our bid.
Paris is competing with Budapest, Los Angeles and Rome to host the 2024 Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee will choose a winner September 2017.