Paris truly is the place to be for crazy projects. As the French capital is to be fitted with four urban forests soon, a new quirky spot is about to open. In the heart of Paris 15th arrondissement, a sports complex comes to 107 rue de la Croix-Nivert. Why is it special? It offers you to surf in Paris! Gabriel Medina’d better brace himself…
But how did we get there? In 2016, the city of Paris launches a call for project for “Paris terrain de jeux” [playground Paris]. Among the winners, there is the Maraga company managed by Jean-Baptiste Piette who proposes to create a surf area with a double man-made wave by La Croix-Nivert. According to Le Parisien, this crazy spot would welcome the first surfers from April 2021.
This project – costing at least 4 million euros of investments – is said to cover 1,000sqm. In addition to the 15m high and 8m wide artificial wave open to children from 6-7 years, this uncommon sports complex would also house four squash courts. The goal? Democratizing these sports that are not really accessible and even very unique in Paris. Designed as a living place, the spot will also house playful and food areas.
Tennis Croix Nivert
107 Ruede la Croix-Nivert
75015 Paris 15