Paris’ parks are packed with tourists all summer long and this year, The Louvre is going to overhaul the popular Tuileries Gardens in a decade long project to add more green space to the French capital.
This 16th-century garden, created by Catherine de Medici, has been loved and enjoyed by tourists and locals alike for a few hundred years. It’s one of the best spots to enjoy a picnic or simply stroll in Paris. It connects the Louvre to Place de la Concorde and has plenty of cafes, playgrounds and fountains to visit along the way.
High foot traffic and summertime events like the Fête des Tuileries funfair have eroded the park’s green space, which accounts for about 40% of the garden’s 56 acres. The Louvre plans to restore the garden, one of the city’s many protected historical monuments, by adding more grass, plants and trees in an effort to bring it back to the original 17th century designs of gardener André Le Nôtre.
The project will kick off in a couple of weeks and cost around $17 million by the time it finishes, in ten year’s time. Don’t worry, you can still visit the gardens if you bought flights to Paris; the museum will restore it one section at a time so everyone can still enjoy one of the city’s favorite parks.