The Bois de Vincennes, located on Paris’ eastern edge, is the capital city’s largest public park. Recently, it was announced that the park would be putting aside a temporary corner designated for nudists in a bid to inspire a broad-minded sense of end-of-summer freedom.
The park, created between 1855 and 1866 by the Emperor Napoleon III, sits quietly next to the Château de Vincennes, a former residence of France’s kings. It’s already one of the busiest parks containing an English landscape garden with four lakes, a zoo, an arboretum, a botanical garden, a horse-racing track, and a velodrome for bicycle races. It’s now set to welcome nudists.
The space will be open from 8 am to 7:30 pm every day until October 15. The chosen spot to strip off is a clearing near the park’s bird reserve, spreading over 7,300 square metres (about 78,577 square feet, or nearly two acres).
Parisian officials promise that no voyeurism or exhibitionism will be tolerated, ensuring that everyone feels safe in their own skin.
“It’s a true joy, it’s one more freedom for naturists,” Julien Claude-Penegry of the Paris Naturists Association told the Agence France-Presse. He’s been a nudist for 20 years.
“It shows the city’s broad-mindedness and will help change people’s attitudes toward nudity, toward our values, and our respect for nature,” he said.
This is not the first time nudity has hit the French capital. There’s already one public pool in Paris where swimmers can take off their swimsuits three times a week, and some 460 places are specially reserved for naked enjoyment across the country including 155 campsites and 73 beaches.
In total, there are more than 2.6 million people in France who make nudism a part of their lifestyle, according to the France 4 Naturism Association.