Jesse Owens Park

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The new Jesse Owens Park, designed in Grand-Couronne (Seine-Maritime) by the landscape and urban planning workshop Espace Libre, was inaugurated in September 2018. Open to all, for all ages, with dedicated spaces for sports, games, relaxation, it fulfills its vocation as an urban park.
From a former fully enclosed sports area, one of the key challenges of Jesse Owens Park was the creation of a landscaped public space linking together the various areas of the municipality.
Today, new pedestrian paths adjust these spaces and avoid direct confrontation between users and the private spaces bordering the site. Likewise, the entrances to the park are designed so that pedestrian and vehicle flows can coexist in complete safety.
The project predisposes the existing urban fabric of Grand-Couronne to future essential junctions. In fact, this arrangement of gentle paths makes it possible to fully integrate the entire space of the park and form a link with the nearby public spaces. The park can thus in the future expand and create pedestrian and ecological corridors on the territory of the municipality.

Project details

Design: Espace Libre
Project Location: Grand-Couronne, France
Typology: Public park
Built: 2018
Area: 7.225 m2
Cost: 737.000 €
Collaborator: Bérim
Client: Ville de Grand-Couronne
Photo credits: © Julien Falsimagne

Espace Libre

Espace Libre

Espace Libre is a landscape studies office founded in 1990. The agency initially had a strong technical vocation. It subsequently developed its skills in design, in particular under the leadership of Maxime Saïsse, director of the company since July 2009. Espace Libre is today a landscape and town planning workshop whose skills cover areas of development varied: urban redevelopment, infrastructure and roads, cycle paths, walks, parks and gardens, playgrounds and sports grounds. The team ensures both design, project management and site monitoring. The landscape workshop has a diversified experience which gives it great versatility and adaptation.