POSTED: May 10th 2016

Olympics: Mayor Hidalgo launches new plan to put sport in the heart of the city boosting Paris 2024

Mayor Anne Hidalgo outlined a new sport dedicated plan for Paris © Bigstock
Mayor Anne Hidalgo outlined a new sport dedicated plan for Paris © Bigstock

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Part of a 43-point plan was outlined by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. The plan will leverage the 2024 Games as a catalyst for the reinvention of Paris, along with placing sport at the heart of the city. Working in harmony with the critical principles of Paris 2024 bid, the plan will make Paris a healthier, greener city with sustainable transport initiatives. It will create the ideal environment for promoting the Olympic core values and showcasing world-class sport.

"Paris is embarking on a journey of re-invention driven by innovation and I am delighted to announce our plan for a sustainable and more active Paris with sport at the heart of the city. This plan aims to immediately build and prepare the legacy of the Games from now on. By harnessing the unique power of the Olympic Games we can realize our vision and transform our radiant city while staying true to our traditions," expressed Mayor Hidalgo.

A few of the key proposals are listed below:

·         Seine River clean-up program that could lead to Open-Water Swimming and Olympic Triathlon taking place in the river. It would also allow for the pubic to swim in the clean river.

·         Rapid transit line running from east to west Paris. It would also serve proposed Olympic areas including the Bercy Arena (Basketball and Judo), Eiffel Tower (Beach Volleyball), Esplanade des Invalides (Archery), Grand Palais (Fencing), Jean-Bouin Stadium (Rugby Sevens), Parc des Princes (Football), and Roland Garros (Tennis).

·         Cycle lane linking to proposed 2024 Olympic sites such as the Olympic Village, Stade de France (Olympic Stadium), and the Aquatics Center.

·         Implementation of sports equipment in social housing, new dedicated areas, and on street corners.

·         A hiking trail that will be approximately 22 miles (35 kilometers) long in the center of the city, which would pass through protected green areas.

Mayor Hidalgo added, "Paris' Olympic and Paralympic project works in co-ordination with our city's and nation's long-term sports, economic, social and environmental strategies and this plan will help to secure both hard and soft legacies."

The plan will be presented in full on May 17th by Mayor Hidalgo to the Paris City Council. Paris 2024 Co-Chairmen, Bernard Lapasset, and Tony Estanguet will also be in attendance. Some of the initiatives are currently underway and the goal is to fully implement the plan between now and the proposed 2024 Games start.  

"Paris 2024 is delighted with this comprehensive action plan from Mayor Hidalgo which puts sport first - reflecting the core values of our bid," stated Lapasset.

This new project is designed to promote healthy lifestyles and improve the local environment. This only further demonstrates Paris' commitment to creating a sustainable way of living for not only visitors but also residents through the use of innovative solutions.

He concluded, "Parisians and people across France already have a strong passion for Olympic sport. By making sport even more accessible and encouraging participation amongst more people across all of society we can help the Olympic Movement create a new generation of fans globally - offering the best possible showcase for Olympic events and a fertile environment for promoting and sharing the Olympic values."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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