By Andrea Romano
Updated: May 29, 2019
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Paris is going to look very different within the next five years.

Between new coats of paint and installation of a bulletproof glass wall, Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower has already undergone plenty of changes in recent years. But now, the city is proposing some very exciting changes that will turn the entire area into a pedestrian’s paradise.

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According to Lonely Planet, Paris City Hall has announced new plans for the gardens around the famous landmark. The proposed plans will create the city’s largest garden park, which will cut down on the area’s busy road traffic and make a safe, car-free space.

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The park was designed by London-based landscape architects Gustafson Porter + Bowman. Titled “OnE,” according to Architecture Daily, the design unifies the landscape through green spaces and pedestrian paths.

In addition to additional fountains, trees, walking and bike paths, a 1.6 kilometer (about one mile) long lawn is being added to connect the Tower, the Place du Trocadéro, the Palais de Chaillot, the Pont d’Iéna, the Parc du Champ de Mars and the Ecole Militaire, according to Lonely Planet.

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“Our scheme aims to breathe new life into a historic landscape, creating a 21st-century destination for one of Paris’ largest parks. We look forward to working with the City of Paris to enhance the experience and improve the iconic Eiffel Tower site for all visitors and Parisians,” said partner Mary Bowman in a statement.

The park will also feature a gorgeous, walkable garden and two public squares called Place de Varsovie and Place Branly, Lonely Planet reported. According to Architecture Daily, these spaces will play host to temporary performances and exhibitions in the future.

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“This competition has been especially meaningful to me because I studied in Paris at L’École Nationale Supérieure de Paysage. Every day I passed the Eiffel Tower, on my way to a school where I was immersed in the great historic landscapes of Versailles,” said partner Kathryn Gustafson in a statement. “The Eiffel Tower reminds me that patrimony means leaving something better for future generations. Our proposal unites a celebration of history with an enhancement of the future.”

About €72 million ($80.6 million USD) has been proposed to finish the project, which will be funded through new ticket sales to the tower. The first phase project is expected to be complete by 2023 to coincide with the 2024 Summer Olympics to be held in Paris, France, according to Curbed. Work should continue through 2030.

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