Parc de Bercy in Paris
Parc de Bercy is a group of three connected gardens in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. With a combined area of some 14 hectares, it is one of the most important parks in the city. The park is serviced by Bercy and Cour Saint-Émilion Métro stations.
The three gardens
The park is made up of three gardens designed by architects Bernard Huet, Madeleine Ferrand, Jean-Pierre Feugas, Bernard Leroy, and by landscapers Ian Le Caisne and Philippe Raguin between 1993 and 1997:
- The "Romantic Garden", which includes fishponds and dunes;
- The "Flowerbeds", dedicated to plant life;
- "The Meadows", an area of open lawns shaded by tall trees.
In the north-east of the park stands the Cinémathèque Française (the former American Center) designed by Frank Gehry, and on the raised terraces are the 21 sculptures of Rachid Khimoune's "Children of the World" installation, created in 2001 to honour children's rights.
The park is linked directly to the National Library of France by the Simone de Beauvoir footbridge over the Seine.
The area used to be an important location for Paris wine warehouses, and some remains of the industry can still be seen in the park.
The Musée des Arts Forains is also located here.