Talk about a romantic moonlit picnic.
This summer, the City of Light is transforming into the City That Never Sleeps.
Paris city officials announced last week that select parks throughout the city will remain open 24 hours a day for the summer.
From July 1 through September 3, 16 of Paris’s parks will remain open for late-night picnics, midnight strolls, and escapes into nature after dark.
“Les Jardins Nocturnes,” or the night gardens, are the city’s attempt to “adapt facilities to the needs of city-dwellers and to their schedules."
Security teams will be employed to patrol the park at regular intervals to keep an eye on late-night visitors and keep noise levels down for nearby residents.
The 16 parks selected for the program are mostly in places where few tourists tread — however that doesn’t mean they’re any less beautiful than the Tuileries or Luxembourg.
Parc des Buttes Chaumont is loved by locals for its winding paths and steep hills. From the highest parts of the park there are great views of the entire city, making it a popular place for sunset picnics. And the Parc Montsouris in Paris’s 14th arrondissement is one of the city’s largest green spaces. It is well known for its lake and the swans who take up residence there.
The 16 parks join a list of 137 smaller parks and gardens that are already open to the public at night. This summer almost half of all of Paris’s green spaces will be accessible 24 hours a day.
This is the second year that Paris will keep some of its parks open all night. Last year’s experiment resulted in a petition from 700 residents around the Parc Montsouris to keep the park closed at night, drawing attention to the late-night park visitors’ excessive noise and litter.