La Confluence: why is it important to have nature in the city?
SAÔNE PARK AND BANKS
From the very beginning of the project to reclaim an area that had been devoted to industry for more than a century, Lyon Confluence has been committed to reconnecting the city to its river. In 2001, 2.5 kilometres of riverbank along the Saône underwent a basic refurbishment to provide an idyllic setting for strolls along the river. Given the interest shown by Lyon residents, in 2003 the decision was made to make the refurbishment permanent, and even extend it to the right bank of the Saône. This heralded the creation of the Park and then the Banks of the Saône, showcasing the river and providing amenities.
Three water gardens
In La Confluence, you’ll find the water gardens of Jean Couty (a famous painter born in Lyon in 1907) and Ouagadougou (the capital of Burkina Faso, a partner of the Lyon metropolitan area) in an area covering nearly 1.5 hectares. In these spaces specifically designed to offer an exceptional setting for the development of aquatic biodiversity and contribute to better rainwater management, the water is renewed every 3 days.
A garden at the centre of a block
At the centre of the first Confluence buildings on the Saône side, located on Quai Riboud and Rue Casimir Perier (blocks ABC), the Erevan public garden is named after the Armenian city that is twinned with Lyon. Residents and strollers can find picnic tables, two playgrounds and an insect shelter here, when they come to take a little break and enjoy the view of La Mulatière Hill and the Ouagadougou water garden.
GARDENS FOR ALL
Nature plays a key role in Lyon Confluence, with the district’s gardens as the centrepiece. In addition to the Jean Couty and Ouagadougou water gardens, which, together with the Erevan garden and the promenade along the banks of the Sâone, form Saône Park, and the shared gardens, the quarter is full of places to go get some fresh air and relax.
Very close to Perrache and the barracks, Général Delfosse Park resembles an amphitheatre, with its rocks arranged in concentric semicircles along green terraces. A central area is a favourite with players of all ages who come to kick a ball around or play French bowls. It’s also used for neighbourhood events.
At the southern tip of the walkway on Quai Rambaud, along the right bank of the Saône River, Gabriel Rosset Gardens have a wide lawn featuring a fitness area, where you can get a good workout. Opposite, the Mulatière railway bridge, or rather, viaduct, inaugurated in 1916, is easy to recognise, thanks to its metal cantilever superstructure.
At the tip of the peninsula, the garden of the Confluence museum connects the walkways along the banks of the Saône and Rhône. Open 24 hours a day, it offers a panoramic view of the junction between the two rivers and the moored barges. How about going to visit the swans, who are particularly fond of this exceptional place?