Petit Futé's opinion on ALLIANCE PARKS
With a surface area of 13 hectares on the banks of the Allier, the park has been the green lung of Vichy since 1861, the date of the imperial decree imposing the development of a park on the site of a secondary branch of the Allier, dried up thanks to the construction of the dam. In 1864, a large greenhouse was built for the wintering of plants. Of the artificial river, only the swan pond in the Parc Napoléon remains, enlarged between 1934 and 1936, while the Kennedy Park pond was built in 1890. The Compagnie fermière carried out a large planting campaign during the winters of 1934 to 1937.
They have always been the favourite garden for children and the ideal setting for various sporting activities. The tradition of donkey rides has been perpetuated since 1924, and they can be found in the Kennedy Park as soon as the summer season arrives, while the Napoleon Park has been home to mini-golfs since 1955. The beach, restored in 2007, is now frequented by swimmers and sunbathers.
From its conception, the Parc Napoléon III has had a greater variety of species than the Parc Kennedy. Inspired by the English style that was very much in vogue at the time, it nevertheless makes water the attractive and suggested element, despite the absence of a view of the Allier. The groves are composed of native species, others are rarer like cedars and redwoods. Between 1980 and 1990, the last renovation, although faithful to the original, was simplified and rationalized to meet management constraints. The 800 trees in the Parc Napoléon III and those in the Parc Kennedy are monitored individually.
The Parc des Bourins covers an area of 8 ha and was developed on the former Pré Catelan peninsula. Considered as the children's park, even before the Parc du Soleil was developed. Since 1901, the rowing club is the second major facility of the park. In 1920, a monument to the glory of the aviator E. Gilbert, by the Parisian sculptor G. Dubois, was erected to the north of the park. The work, composed of a granite pylon, ends with an allegory of aviation, with a condor at its feet. Populated by evergreen conifers, there are redwoods, cedars and Spanish firs, while on the quiet side of the river, you can walk under the plane trees. On the outskirts of these wooded areas, there are remarkable trees, purple or weeping beeches, American or Kabylie oaks. Adjacent to the casino and the Opera, the Parc des Sources and its Hall where the curists take the famous waters.
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Pictos: mobility réduite.<br/> Open all year. Every day. Free. Children welcome. Catering facilities. Activities.
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