Finally: Geneva's new free public beach opens

The Local
The Local - [email protected] • 24 Jun, 2019 Updated Mon 24 Jun 2019 10:37 CEST
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Geneva's long-awaited Eaux-Vives beach officially opened last Friday, nearly a decade after plans were first unveiled.

“At last. This moment was something a lot of us had waited for,” said Geneva president Antonio Hodgers during the opening ceremony.

The free beach situated on the south bank of Lake Geneva proved a huge success over the weekend, with an estimated 4,000 people flocking to the new public space to make the most of the summer weather.

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Dogs, barbecues and bicycles are banned at the site, as is loud music.

The beach will remain open until September 29th.

'A lack of shade'

Visitors to the beach this weekend were mostly positive. However, Geneva daily Tribune de Genève said people had pointed out there was a lack of shade.

While beach umbrellas are permitted on the pebble beach, they cannot be used on the grass behind the beach, making this area very hot, beachgoers complained.

A work in progress

Construction work on the new beach (you can see the plans here in French) is not yet completed, with some of the facilities in place at the moment of a temporary nature.

The finished project is set to be unveiled in spring 2020. Once complete, the area will comprise 400 metres of beach and is expected to welcome up to 8,000 visitors a day.


La grande nouvelle de ce week-end (à part le fait que mon bébé peut désormais tourner dans les DEUX sens!) (?), c’était bien évidemment l’ouverture de la tant attendue Plage publique des Eaux-Vives ? Le lac, des galets et du sable, du soleil: le combo parfait pour une journée réussie ☀️ Y a pas des masses d’ombre par contre, donc n’oublie pas crème solaire et chapeau pour tous et prends un parasol (autorisé dans la partie galets) si tu viens avec des tout-petits ??‍♀️ PS: la plage est gratuite! . . @ville_de_geneve #plagedeseauxvives #eauxvives #geneve #geneva #igersgeneva #tdgch #geneveenfamille #lespetitsgenevois #genevablog #visitgeneva #villedegeneve

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The beach is smaller than original plans specified after courts upheld an appeal from the Word Wildlife Foundation (WWF) who warned the initial plans would do extensive environmental damage to the key shore area of Lake Geneva.

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The Local 2019/06/24 10:37

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