Today, La Part-Dieu is a working district, but also a destination, a place where life, evening entertainment, rest, improving one’s mind or being creative is a real joy. La Part-Dieu has lots of passers-through, thanks to its dense public transport network, so it is also a destination for shops, sports infrastructures and cultural sites.
There is a broad range of shops. The shopping centre and the Paul Bocuse indoor food market at La Part-Dieu are dense and practical. Shops and services in the various centres of the district are more scattered and offer a broader range of shopping. In all, more than 800 shops are available throughout the district, 30% of which are cafes and restaurants. The shopping centre has 240 shops and restaurants and is frequented by 35 million visitors a year.
Sport & culture facilities
Need some entertainment or to get away from it all? Then enjoy a walk on Nelson Mandela Esplanade, a concert at the Auditorium, a film in the 14 screen multiplex cinema, an evening at the Bourse du Travail, or for sports lovers, the Vivier Merle sports centre and the Garibaldi swimming pool. If you prefer something quieter, there’s always the municipal library or the City and Département Archives‘ consultation room. One of the goals of the project is to improve the already existing “cultural crossing” and make it more legible by opening it out and improving the sites’ interconnection via a “seamless flow”.
Parks, squares & relaxation spaces
The natural surroundings in La Part-Dieu are very heterogeneous depending where they are located. As a result the landscape is highly varied: squares, walks, public gardens, planted malls, green terraces, and hanging gardens are ideal for a relaxing break. Nelson Mandela Park and Jeanne Jugan public gardens are also relaxing sites. Varyingly secluded or open, they are all positioned on a landscape grid that stretches from the Tête d’Or Park, to the north, to the Sergent Blandan Park, to the south, and to the Banks of the Rhône. The project aims to create greener public spaces to induce a cooling effect and offer better thermal comfort.
Between 400 and 600 trees will be planted as part of the redevelopment of the La Part-Dieu public spaces, by 2022.
The fact that we are moving towards a pleasant lively district is most certainly a big argument in favour of La Part-Dieu’s attractiveness in the future.