Paris to have summer beach this year

Parts of Seine banks in Paris and picturesque “Bassin de la Villette” canal are turned into beaches for a festival offering Parisians a free recreation resorts in the capital in summer time, a Paris municipal official has confirmed.

“Here it is, swimming in Paris too. Our 4 free summer pools are now all open,” tweeted on Friday, Jean-Francois Martins, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of sports and tourism.

For nearly two months from 9 a.m. to midnight each day, Paris Plages offers Parisians and visitors a rich array of free activities and entertainment as well as a whole host of opportunities for walks along the enchanting riverbanks of the Seine, Paris city hall said on its website.

The largest artificial lake of Bassin de la Villette and Voie George Pompidou on the right bank of the Seine will be decorated by sands, palm trees, parasols and deckchairs to offer those who missed summer vacations a short while of refresh.

Some 100,000 people are expected to enjoy 100-meter long pools this summer in the capital’s beach stretching alongside the basin in northeastern Paris, city hall of 19th district wrote in a Twitter message.

According to the program, there will be free concerts every day, exhibitions, besides beach volley games, water-sports and various open-air attractions like rollerblading, tai-chi, and free book-loan.

Created in 2002 by the Socialist ex-Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, Paris Plages has became since an annual event inviting visitors to relax and take part in free beach activities.

Since 2007, the festival includes the Bassin de la Villette canal in the northeast of the city.

The 17th Paris Plages Festival will take place from July 6 to Sept. 1.