Paris is an exhilarating playground for urban extreme sports enthusiasts: from whizzing around on wheels outside the Eiffel Tower to weaving your way between ancient statues, there’s no shortage of fun. Whether you’re rocking up with a skateboard, roller blade, scooter, or BMX, this guide will tell you everything you need to know.
Tucked away at the end of a long and narrow street park in the 2nd arrondissement is this hidden gem of a skatepark on Rue Léon Cladel. It’s so well hidden that many people walk by and never even notice, so it’s great if you’re new to skating, blading, or trying out the BMX and want to do so away from the crowds. The other places are often busier. Opened in December 2012, EGP Cladel spans the entire street joining Rue Réaumur and Rue Montmartre, near to the Bourse. It’s the first of its kind to be set up on a public street, welcoming rollerblade, skateboard and even scooter fans between 8am and 8pm. The 60-metre-long green coloured skate area might be fairly small by common standards, but the steep inclined planes, curbs and pyramid will keep even the most experienced skaters on their toes.