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Pampin Marsh

The whole of the marsh is strictly protected by law (by ministerial decree dated February 5th 1985) as well as the adjoining promontory; making 62.24 acres in all.
Formerly a small creek sheltering a local port, the Pampin marsh was soon polderised by man in order to convert it for pasture and fish farming.
So though the whole of the marsh has no relief, the dense network of ditches which criss-crosses it varies in depth from 1 to 2 metres.

Tasdon Marsh

This still humid marsh represents about 135.85 acres altogether of which 45.94 are strictly protected by law as a "Regional Natrure Reserve" (by ministerial decree dated March 22nd 1996).
Formerly a maritime marsh, human development - polderisation, urbanisation, etc. – has gradually distanced it from the shore. Structured in a succession of closely connected rises and basins, the marsh houses a mosaic of natural environments both humid (fresh and salt water) and extremely dry.

Parc Charruyer

This park, designed between May 1887 and December 1890 in place of the ancient fortifications, was the legacy of Mademoiselle Adèle Charruyer, daughter of Etienne Charruyer, an armourer. It offers a pleasant walk of around two kilometers, and its area is close to 98.8 acres. Since 1945 it has also a small zoo. Lovers of walking will be able to stroll in these alleys bordered rare plants, or by the side of the streams and drainage canals of the former ditches fed by the Lafond and Fétilly watercourses, where families of dabbling ducks chase after stale bread thrown by children.

Parc de la Porte Royale

This park bears the name of one of the gates of La Rochelle, situated to the North East of the city's former fortifications, with an area of 5.93 acres bounded on one side by the railway and on the other by the Boulevard Joffre, offers locals a breath of fresh air at the gates of the city centre. Like an English park, it includes play areas for children and adolescents.

Park of Les Minimes

This seaside park with an area of 20.50 acres serves as a transition between the built-up area and the ocean. Bounded by chalk cliffs, these undulating grounds are a reminder of the Second World War, with the old blockhouses covered with vegetation to hide them when the garden was landscaped in 1978. Very popular with walkers, it offers a vast panorama of the roads of La Rochelle, the islands of Ré, Aix, Oléron and the Pertuis d’Antioche.

Parc des Pères

Situated in the extension of the Park of Les Minimes and with an area of 14.82 acres, this park begins with the Bois des pères, and is bounded by a chalk cliff, its crest covered by sea fennel, the most noticeable plant, we can walk along the sea as far as the House of Charente Maritime.

Parc d’Orbigny

This park splashed by the waves is only suitable for vegetation which can resist the sea mists, so that one finds here a range of plants adapted to the seaside, and resistant to lime soils. The wind carved silhouettes of the trees is what makes their charm.
A lacework of paths leads to the bandstand. This park extends over 9.14 acres and adjoins the Allées du Mail and the Parc Franck Delmas.

Parc Franck Delmas

Left by the Delmas family in 1961, situated at the end of the Allées du Mail, this park covering 15.31 acres faces the sea, with a large central lawn giving onto a stately home, belonging to the former owners of the place, ringed by trees.

Parc Kennedy

This park created in the 1960's and restored in 2007, is the lung for the Mireuil quarter, where walkers, children and adolescents mix. With an area of 17.78 hectares, it houses a city-stadium as well as a number of children games, as well as a bowling alley for lovers of game of bowls.

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