Grand Parc Miribel Jonage
Chemin de la Bletta, Vaulx en Velin (Lyon), Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +33 4 78 80 30 67 - Fax: +33 4 72 04 07 95
Surface: 2.200 hectares - Population: 2 millions residents
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Grand Parc Miribel Jonage
Managing entity: SEGAPAL

The Miribel-Jonage Nature Park, located northeast of the Lyon urban area, 15 minutes from the town centre in the Rhone river alluvial plain, is named for its boundaries of the Miribel canal in the north, and Jonage canal in the south.

The park is owned by the SYMALIM (joint union) and managed by SEGAPAL (local public company.

Its 4 main missions are:
  • Supplying drinking water to the urban area.
  • Providing protection against floods (expansion field).
  • Leisure activities for the general public (3.5 million visitors per year 14th most visited site in France).
  • Preserving and developing natural heritage.
The Nature park is progressively developing within the framework of an overall programme based on hydraulic site restoration and a west-east transition, from city to nature.

The nature pole, heart of the site between the leisure activity area and protected natural areas, is the target of an ambitious restoration project based on environmental education.
An identity based on water
The Miribel-Jonage nature Park's identity is based on water, the shared element among many of the site's most developed activities, including: drinking water catchment areas, protecting the urban area against floods, aquatic leisure activities, fishing, etc…
Remarkable natural heritage
The park is organised, upstream to downstream, in a mosaic of small, typical contrasting natural units (former arms of the Rhine, dry meadows, alluvial forests, etc.) which are home to many rare plant and animal species.

For this reason, it was selected as a "Natura 2000" site.
Numerous visitors, a social role
The site's many qualities make it a very popular place, particularly in summer, with a predominately young, urban, working-class public.

The Park provides these visitors with many services and structures: L’atol’ sport-nature area, horse riding centres, day camp, bicycle trails, restaurants, developed, guarded beaches, etc …