It was one of the last large cities in France not to have undertaken such a project.

After Paris, Rennes and Nantes, the city of Marseille has embarked on a project to renovate its schoolyards, to create green and waterproofed courtyards.

This Wednesday, the deputy mayor in charge of this renovation Pierre-Marie Ganozzi presented a “showcase” courtyard, carried out within the Sainte-Sophie school in the 4th arrondissement of Marseille.

After consultation with the various school stakeholders, the playground will be vegetated, with the planting of trees, degenerated, equipped so as to be able to teach outside and with a draining concrete that sucks up every drop of water. . Another school, the Revolution Jet d'Eau school, in the third arrondissement, received the same treatment.

“The total cost of these changes, works and renovations includes, is equivalent to 600,000 euros for the two schools, specifies Pierre-Marie Ganozzi.

And we funded 70% by grants from the national water agency and the region.

"And to add:" If it works, we will try to do it again all over Marseille.

It is planned to launch studies in 2022 for ten other schools, across the entire sector.

And we aim to start work in ten other schools in summer 2023.

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