: In its current phase, the park spreads across six districts. It will involve six more from 2004. Since 1st October 2002, it has been run by a mixed administrative body, Espace Naturel Métropolitain, representing forty districts and Lille borough council. Le conseil général du Nord, le Conseil Régional Nord Pas de Calais and the State are associate members. Population
: The park is within easy reach of about 1,600,000 French and Belgian residents within a 35 kilometer radius of its centre, a fifteen minute drive from the middle of Lille. The six original districts together have about 50,000 inhabitants.
In March 1995, the landscape gardeners Jacques SIMON, from Burgandy, and Jean Noël CAPART, from Brussels, sketched an outline plan for a park joining Lille and the old mining district of Pas de Calais. It was to extend 25 kilometers along the length of the canal de la Deûle.
The park was to feature three aspects: rediscovered wildlife (rehabilitation of natural ecological environments), domesticated nature (promotion of small-scale agriculture) and imaginary nature (creation of themed gardens).
To date, 350 hectares have been landscaped and preliminary studies are being made of over 300 hectares more. Over the last three years, 16 million euro have been spent on laying out natural scenery with ecological corridors, rehabilitating wildernesses, building observation posts, paths, etc.
The Parc de la Deûle team is working with the neighbouring institutions of Pas-de-Calais to establish priority connection routes in an ecological network of paths for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and watersports enthusiasts.