©Julien Falsimagne

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 spaces 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 to 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 Sheets
Location: Grand-Couronne (France)
Client: Ville de Grand-Couronne
Design: Espace Libre, landscaper - BERIM, roads design office
Surface: 7,225 m
Budget: 737.000 euro
Year of construction: 2019