The Natural Park of Pelissier

Atelier ARCADIE: The park of Passeligne Pélissier in the city of Boé is the  result of a wide reflection on the multiple forms of the nature and the landscapes in the scale of the urban conglomeration of Agen. The creation of the park is connected to the development of two successive stories: The one about the agricultural domain of Pélissier, and the other about the industrial landscape of gravel pits. The project is situated on the meeting point of 3 elements: ground, water and human activity. Through this triptych, the park stages an environmental aesthetics between nature and artifice. The work of the ground and the horizons is the foundation of the park.

The design of the park stages the multiple scales of the site: the geography (landscape of hillsides), the industrial scale of gravel pits and the scale of the flowerbed represented by the labyrinth. The labyrinth, land art construction based on the model of Dézalier d’Argenville, is drawn by the topography. It represents the foreground of the hillsides of the Garonne river. Banks were completely redrawn in successive terraces, creating a softer contact between the ground and water. The work on the banks leaded to fluctuations in the level of water. These fluctuations created spaces convenient to the development of a wide biodiversity.

The realization of the project allowed associating the ecological challenge and the construction of a support of activities. The activities are implanted in a fragment weft dedicated to formal sports practices (soccer, rugby, volleyball, attrick) and informal (scenic spaces, puckett ball). This park is based on the idea to build in an artificial way the conditions of a compatible biodiversity with the human activity for the largest crowd.

Landscape Architects: Atelier ARCADIE, Emmanuel Prieur, paysagiste DPLG
Co-traitant: AC2i ingénierie
Realisation: 2011 to 2014 (phase 1)
Budget: 3 800 000 € HT
Location: Boé, Lot et Garonne, France