Square de l’Aspirant-Dunand in Paris
This square has a childrens playground, basketball court and memorial statues with a small water fountain, plus this is where you can gain access to one of the municipal swimming pools in Paris.
About Square de l’Aspirant-Dunand
The Square de l’Aspirant-Dunand was named in memory of Jean-Louis Dunand who died for France during World War II on 20th June 1940 at aged 22, although the square had already previously been created prior to this.
And even before there was a square or garden in Paris there was a statue produced in the year 1900, which was located on the Rue Mouton Duvernet.
And this particular stone and marble statue in Paris is dedicated to Michel Servet, also known as Miguel Serveto, who was a Spanish philosopher of the Renaissance and also a physician, and produced by the French sculptor, Jean Baffier, this now stands within the Square de l’Aspirant-Dunand.
You can also discover a small bas-relief fountain, which is located close to the centre of this square in Paris, and this was produced by the French sculptor Auguste Gilbert Privat and is set amongst shrubs, hedges and floral decorations.
Then in 1982, a municipal swimming pool was constructed at one end of the square, but also underneath it, which is named the Piscine Aspirant Dunand and a basketball come football court along with a childrens playground were also added to the Square de l‘Aspirant-Dunand.
And as recently as 1996 there were forty trees planted, which are mainly plane trees, however there is also a Lebanese Cedar, and these were all planted in memory of the Lebanese poet and painter, Khalil Gibran.
So as you can tell, there are some interesting facts behind this square in Paris that is popular with locals for its activities, yet is also a lovely area for tourist to wander through admiring the immense greenery and the statues.
Visiting Square de l’Aspirant-Dunand
Located in the 14th Arrondissement close to other squares in Paris, you will find that there are different entrances to the Square de l’Aspirant-Dunand, which are the Rue Brezin, the Rue Mouton-Duvernet and the Rue Saillard.
It is normally open from 8am on weekdays and 9am on weekends yet closes at different times in the evening depending on the time of year, which can be as early as 6.30pm or as late as 8.30pm.
You may be pleased to know that there is a fresh water drinking point and this is one of the free WiFi zones located around the city, but we would like to point out that not all areas are accessible to the disabled.
But when it comes to reaching the Square de l’Aspirant-Dunand or even the Piscine Municipal Aspirant-Dunand, the nearest Metro station is the Mouton Duvernet stop via line 4, yet there are also two Velib stations located on the Mouton Duvernet street close to one of the entrances. In addition to this, the bus lines 28, 38, 58 and 68 along with the Noctilien Night Bus Lines N14 and N21 will also get you close by, although the nearest RER train station is the Gare Denfert-Rochereau serving the RER B line.