Update for Paris Plages: Clémence from the Seine-Saint-Denis Office of Tourism contacted me with information in English about the Basin de la Villette section of Paris Plages. Paris Plages takes place in two locations every year: along the Seine (Parc Rives de Seine) and in the Bassin de la Vilette.
Tube : stations Jaurès (lines 2, 5, 7 bis), Crimée (line 7), Laumière (line 5).
Bus : lines 48 and 54.
Vélib’ : tubes’s stations at Stalingrad and Jaurès
Bassin de la Villette is the new hoping part of town in the northeastern section of Paris.
Paris Plages began July 8 and continues to Sunday September 3. As they say on the Mairie de Paris’ webpage: “What would summer be without Paris Plages”.
For maps of where to go swimming (baignait) what’s happening along the basin and what’s to eat and drink (rafraîchir et grignoter) visit Que Faire à Paris and about river shuttles, “Bals pop” (popular dance balls), etc. along the Ourcq.
The beaches along the Seine are open 24 hours a day for the first time and seven days a week. The Bassin de la Villette opens July 20 to September 4 and is open 9 am to midnight seven days a week.
Limited Mobility access
At the present time, I find no information about accessibility for limited mobility for the Right Bank.
The Bistrot Alexandre III (Left Bank) is accessible to handicap (accès handicapé)
Paris Plages Highlights
GET THE MAP Rives de Seine Paris Plages
GET THE MAP Bassin de la Villette
Parc Rives de Seine rive gauche (left bank)
*Photo exhibition “Dalida” from Musée Galliera
*Beach chairs/lounges, picnic tables and palms
Parc Rives de Seine rive droite (right bank)
*Activities organised by Musée du Louvre and publisher Flammarion
*Photo exhibit “Destination Paris” created by Air France
*Dance (ballroom, and others) for children and taï-chi
*Vapor misting showers
Bassin de la Villette
*Outdoor lending library and comics (graphic novels/bandes dessinées)
* Dance, taï-chi, yoga course open to all, water activities
* table football (baby-foot), boule, merry-go-round
*life saving course
* open swimming in the basin