Petite ceinture: a new walk in the heart of Paris
After a first section opened in August, discover all of the new promenade on the inner ring. A journey of 1.3 km between Balard and rue Olivier de Serres (15th) in this new ecological corridor.
Built around Paris during the Second Empire (1852 - 1869), the Little Belt is a railway route 32 km. This railway line carried passengers and freight until 1934 until the late seventies. In the 15th arrondissement, it notably served the Citroën factories (Parc André-Citroën) and slaughterhouses Vaugirard (Georges Brassens park).
New boardwalk in the heart of Paris
Born of the will of the City of Paris to make available again the Parisians this iconic and historic site, a landscaping program of the natural environment of the Little Belt was launched.
A first tranche of the Little Belt of the 15th arrondissement, a length of 900 meters, was first opened to the public on 24 August. Now the requests made by the City allow Parisians to discover new landscapes between Olivier de Serres and Desnouettes streets. A second tranche of a length of 500 meters was inaugurated on September 21 on the occasion of the celebration of the gardens. The walk of 1.3 km in length and with a total area of 3.5 hectares will go to the Place Balard and then connect the Georges Brassens park André-Citroën park.
A green corridor or nature takes its course
To allow access to this site to the public, the City of Paris made a landscaping preserving railway heritage and showcases this unique biodiversity. The Little Belt 15th brings together varied and interesting natural habitats such as afforestation, grassland, wasteland, forest edge, pioneer vegetation ballasts and walls.
Each plot accommodates different animal species. 220 species of plants and animals live or walk upon it, between the Parc André Citroën and Georges Brassens Park: Little Belt is an ecological corridor.
In wooded slope, 21 bird species, including the gray flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) threatened, come to nest. In more open areas such as edges, prairies or ballast, Hymenoptera, the butterflies and beetles are foraging.
Respect wildlife and flora
This walk has been arranged to welcome the public in respect of existing assets. In order not to disturb the biological rhythm of the animals, no lighting has been installed. The site is closed at night. The slopes are not accessible. Maintenance adapts to biological cycles, including nesting birds. It keeps the three levels of vegetation and grasslands are mown once or twice a year.
The landscape clouds are made to encourage the growth of trees and local shrubs such as elm become rare, common oak or sycamore. Tree stumps left in candle cut trunks and dead wood piles host microorganisms, fungi and wood-eating insects (which break down dead wood ...). This maintains the ecological balance of the forest ecosystem.