Close-up on pedestrian and ecological paths in the Eco-port
The development of the Eco-port will eventually provide a means of linking the two sections of the towpath located on both sides of the harbour basin by going round it and crossing the harbour to join up with Chemin du Bois des Grésillons to the south and Chemin des Moines to the north, thanks to a pedestrian and cycle path.
From Chemin des Grésillons, between the Parc du Peuple de l’Herbe and the harbour, this walk will provide a spectacular view of the ecological developments around the harbour basin as well as the barges on the lake.
Dry grasslands, which provide an ideal habitat for insects and birds in open spaces, will be redeveloped along the upper part of the south bank, along Chemin des Grésillons. A riparian forest will be created on all of the re-sloped banks of the harbour basin, which will be made gentler to accommodate various habitats: a tree layer and a shrub layer, and, along the waterfront, a wide step playing host to wetland plants as well as some sand/gravel beaches for fish spawn.
Such habitats, which are practically non-existent today, will increase the surface area of the riparian strip and improve hold against floods. The former gravel pit will become a bank of the Seine in its own right.
Between Chemin du Bois des Grésillons and Avenue Vanderbilt, a development will link the Parc du Peuple de l’Herbe to the Parc de l’Ecopôle and provide a tree-lined edge to the residential area.
The Parc de l’Ecopôle in the integrated development zone will provide a recreational sequence before joining the Eco-port’s south entrance.
Within Eco-port itself, the path will link up with the port platform’s main road. It will take a 4.8-metre pedestrian and cycle path lined with a 9-metre wide bocage hedge lined with trees, as well as a line of tall trees and a ditch about 5 metres wide, playing host to dry, semi-aquatic and wetland areas.
The path continues, up to the port’s northern entrance, before giving onto Boulevard de l’Ecopôle to join the bank of the Seine, where it will be joined by an ecological development like a dry uncultivated grass area.