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Parc des Franchises

Photo du parc des Franchises

Located in the district of Les Charmilles, this large park hosts a wide range of activities as well as a small rose garden boasting old, resistant varieties requiring no treatment.

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Children can have fun at the  play area and cool off in the paddling pool in the Parc des Franchises. The play area also boasts a skateboarding bench.


Dogs are welcome to use the paths through the park as long as they are kept on a leash.
Dogs can be taken off the leash in a specially marked area, on condition that they are accompanied.

detailed map of the areas where dogs can be taken off the leash, entitled “Guide pratique du chien citoyen”, can be obtained free of charge from the Espace Ville de Genève, the Geneva Tourist Office or from the State of Geneva website. For more information, you can consult the pages intended for dog owners.


To offer cyclists the possibility of crossing the park, a marked mixed circuit for pedestrians and cyclists has been developed and can be downloaded at the bottom of the page. Cyclists are authorised to use it on condition that they drive carefully and stop when necessary for safety reasons.

Electric bikes that can reach a maximum speed of 25 km/h are authorised, but those that can reach speeds of 45 km/h may only be used with the motor switched off. 

Pre-school children’s bikes can be used anywhere in the park.

Park facilities

The Parc des Franchises was developed on the site of the former horticultural school. It is still home to an interesting collection of conifers. Open-air fitness installations suitable for all visitors, regardless of their fitness level, are freely accessible 7 days a week and in all weather. Beach volleyball courts are also available.

Natural area

Several ponds form the largest wetlands biotope in the Canton of Geneva, a genuine refuge for newts, toads, dragonflies and other flora and fauna common to wetlands. 

Barbecue areas

An area specially equipped for barbecues has 3 grills including one close to the paddling pool and two near the proxisport area.

History of the park

In 1887, Mr Edmond Vaucher, owner of an establishment in Châtelaine, created the first horticultural school in French-speaking Switzerland. The school was then extended on several occasions to cover slightly more than 10 hectares. In 1976, the horticultural school moved to Lullier. This attractive plot of land has now become a public park.

Parc des Franchises

Av. de Châtelaine

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Accessibility of the site

Accessible en fauteuil roulant

Accessible en fauteuil roulant

Toilettes partiellement accessibles en fauteuil roulant

Toilettes partiellement accessibles en fauteuil roulant

Pas de places de stationnement accessibles

Pas de places de stationnement accessibles

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Article modifié le 17.05.2023 à 10:06