The European project “Corrid’Or” (Golden Corridor) is taking shape. It involves the development and landscape design of 10,000 hectares (roughly 38.6 square miles) of green recreational space by Lille Metropole. The objective is to create a transnational park in the Valley of the Lys extending 26 km (16.15 miles) from Erquinghem-Lys to Lys à Halluin.
This project aims to make this territory more accessible and practical to pedestrians and cyclists, to make it safer, and to create regional and transnational trails. It also intends to enhance agricultural development, and develop an ecological network across borders. The Valley of the Lys Park is a project supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It will contribute to the reinforcement of the ecological network across the Eurométropole Lille-Kotrijk-Tournai. Ten French, Flemish, and Walloon partners are working together on the “Corrid’Or” project in order to develop a park and to reinforce the transnational identity of the Valley of the Lys.
The first developments that will soon be proposed to park visitors and enthusiasts include:
- The implementation of Véloroute Voie Verte (green bike path) signs between Armentières and Deûlémont;
- The installation of leisure equipment between Erquinghem-Lys and Deûlémont including the installation of three points of rest at Houplines, Deûlémont and Halluin;
- The improvement of the accessibility to the riverbanks via the creation of a ramp that meets the standards for people with limited mobility (PRM);
- The connection between public parks and the Lys at Houplines and at Armentières;
- Ensuring the security of the space with the implementation of security equipment along different sectors and the culling of Poplar trees growing at Armentières.
First Phase of Work
In the framework of the “Corrid’Or” project, the first phase of development will be divided among several sites on the French side, estimated at a cost of 534,000 Euros (approximately $586,000). These developments consist of implementing the ecological network and increasing focus on the countryside of the Lys. These developments are financed by the General Counsel of the North, the water agency Artois Picardie, and the Nord-Pas Region of Calais.
As of June 1, 2015, the first phase of work has been completed on the French side, with installations stretching from Erquinghem-Lys to Deûlémont.
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Original article, originally published in French here.
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