Georges Valbon Park in La Courneuve

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The 400-hectare Parc Départemental de La Courneuve Georges Valbon is the largest park built since Napoléon III. It boasts a wide variety of flora and fauna, as well as numerous leisure and recreation facilities. Children and adults alike can take part in the many activities and events organized throughout the year.

Activities in total freedom

For your leisure activities , you'll find a wide range of facilities and trails, as well as sporting and cultural activities:

  • A UCPA equestrian center
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides from Easter to September
  • Nature trails: two lake trails and the tree trail (signposted trails)
  • Sports trail (16 stations)
  • Four jogging trails (1 km, 3 km, 5 km, 12 km)
  • Eightorienteering trails (maps and information sheets are available free of charge from the Maison du Parc).
  • Hiking trails: a 10 km loop, proposed by the Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre (FFRP). Discover the PR5 trail and the Ceinture verte hike as far as Montfermeil!
  • Play areas, a merry-go-round for children, ping-pong tables, cycle paths, bike and rosalia hire, pedalos and rowing boats, and even rollerblading...
  • Picnic areas are also available.

Opening hours:
- Spring: 7.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
(parking lot closes 30 minutes before)

>> Olympic Games 2024 at Parc Valbon in La Courneuve, fan zone this summer: the news. <<

As of December 9, 2020, the Comète entrance, located in the Aire des Vents sector of the Georges-Valbon départemental park, is closed to the public to prepare the site dedicated to journalists during the 2024 Olympic Games. The nearest entrance is Rabelais.

Autumn 2024: The 13-hectare Terrain des Essences will join the Parc Valbon after the Games. After decontamination, renaturation and development, this site known as "Les Essences", currently bordering the park, will be fully incorporated into the Parc de la Courneuve. It will serve as an ecological zone for flora and fauna, and an observatory will be set up for viewing the site.

During the Games, the following events will be held here:
- Paralympic marathon of the Paris 2024 Games - near the "circular".
- cycling race open to all

Let yourself be tempted by the free events every weekend and school vacations all year round.

May 2022 - the Maison du Parc changes its name to "Maison Victoria Montou". It complements the Maison Edouard Glissant, two indoor venues that host free events and exhibitions throughout the year.

Parc de la Courneuve hosts major events such as Partir en Livre

Map of Parc Georges Valbon - formerly known as "de la Courneuve". (PDF file to download) © (DNPB)

view parc Georges Valbon - la Courneuve - CG93

Fauna and flora

In 2014, Bird Lake got a facelift! This man-made wetland was completely emptied, enlarged and brought up to standard. It has once again become a meeting place for aquatic fauna, welcoming back the Natterjack toad and the Little Bittern (the smallest of the herons). The planting of the reed bed, an area bordering the lakes where mainly reeds and rushes grow, encourages the arrival of nesting birds and other animals that live in this type of environment. A footpath allows you to admire this natural setting with its aquatic flora and fauna.

mésanges, les oiseaux dans les parcsThe Parc de La Courneuve is characterized by the diversity of its environments: woodlands, lawns for games, wild meadows, flower gardens, lakes, marshes... and by its relief offering a variety of atmospheres, for a change of scenery and relaxation. Walkers will observe familiar trees such as the hornbeam or the maple... but also trees from elsewhere such as the Chinese balsam or the Himalayan cedar.

On November 25, 2019, the Ile-de-France Region classified a number of trees in the Parc Valbon as "Remarkable": ginkgo, giant sequoia, plane tree of the 3 rivers, black pine of the Valley of Flowers.

Thanks to careful management, the park's ecological wealth is remarkable. More than 140 species of birds (great spotted grebes, moorhens, warblers, etc.), including many migratory birds, come here to nest or stop over, not to mention a few mammals and numerous insects (butterflies, Italian crickets, dragonflies, etc.). The aquatic fauna and flora are also particularly interesting.

The Parc de la Courneuve apiary

Did you know? Parc Georges Valbon has been home to an apiary since 2007. The presence of bees helps to pollinate plants and promote biodiversity both inside and outside the park.

Oh my beautiful garden!

La roseraie garden: no less than 15,000 rosebushes of around 100 species in bloom from June to September. Come and admire the palette of colors and smell the fragrance of the flowers.

The Valley of Flowers covers an area of one hectare. You can take a stroll along the path through the perennial beds, resting along the way in dedicated areas with beautiful views.

It's an extraordinary garden... the educational garden is an experimental site for vegetable and herb gardening. It is used for naturalist events (for schools and private individuals, according to the agenda of the Maison du Parc). The garden is regularly open to the public.

A second life for the Théâtre de Verdure

Théâtre de Verdure, parc Georges-ValbonBuilt in 1972 by architect Albert Audias, the Théâtre de Verdure, located near the Tapis Vert entrance but closed to the public for some 30 years due to its dilapidated state, has recently been given a new lease of life with the organization of convivial activities around it: concerts, walks, workshops... This dynamic is set to continue in the run-up to the 2024 Olympic Games, with the Department's stated aim of restoring the facility's ability to host a varied cultural program. Other new features are also expected to enhance the park's appeal in the years to come: new play areas, a future outdoor swimming area, a new entrance at the T11 Dugny-La Courneuve station...
Photo credit: Nicolas Moulard - Conseil départemental de la Seine-Saint-Denis

History of La Courneuve park

The Parc de La Courneuve is located on what was once the Great Plain of France. Created from scratch and shaped entirely by man, it was saved from urbanization by a persevering land policy.

The idea of creating a public promenade on the site dates back to 1934, but it wasn't until 1954 that a preliminary project was proposed, and 1960 that the first plantings began. Due to the size of the park, the work was carried out in stages, and opened to the public as they were completed. The last section to be completed was the Cascades section, opened in 2003!

The park's history and development are closely linked to the technical, economic and historical developments of the 20th century.

Today, the Parc Départemental de la Courneuve Georges Valbon receives almost 2 million visitors a year, thanks to its natural riches and its many facilities for rest and recreation! The park is expanding towards Stains: to be continued!

What to see in La Courneuve.

Parc Départemental de la Courneuve Georges Valbon
Avenue Waldeck Rochet

48.939124 , 2.406374
tel tel : 01 43 11 13 00 (Accueil grand public)
fax fax : 01 43 11 19 89 (Accueil grand public)
Getting there Getting there
Bus : 249, Cimetière
Bus : 250, Parc des sports
Bus : 252, cité Floréal
Motorway : A1, A86, direction Nanterre - sortie La Courneuve Saint-Denis
RER (Regional rapid transit) : B, La Courneuve Aubervilliers
Tram : T11, Dugny-La Courneuve
Parc Départemental de la Courneuve Georges Valbon, Avenue Waldeck Rochet, 93120 LA COURNEUVE
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