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Magny-les-Hameaux – New Petanque area to strengthen social bonds

On Sunday, June 26, the Bernard Chambas pétanque district opened, located in the Coin de parc on rue Joseph-Lemarchand. Six new pétanques, opened with great fanfare and music with Harmonie magnycoise, by Mayor Bertrand Huilon (Génération.s), accompanied by elected officials, residents and members of the Friends of Pétanque.

The name was chosen in honor of Bernard Champas, who died in 2021, a Magnyc personality invested in local life. He has been president of the Les Amis de la pétanque volunteer association since 2013.

In his inaugural address, the mayor, Bertrand Houillon (Génération.s), began by honoring Bernard Chambas, “a passionate and volunteer who did not count his time to participate in city events, telethon, or even organize a trip to an international competition”. The city councilor went on to explain that “thanks to him, the Petanque Club now has nearly 70 members.”

Room built with wood frame and local hemp concrete

The new Bernard Chambas Petanque (partly funded by the district), in addition to the Petanque grounds made entirely by municipal officials, has a picnic table accessible to people with reduced mobility (PRM) as well as a 30 square meter space where football fans can The railroad stored their equipment and made use of the restrooms.

“The building is environmentally constructed from a wood frame and local hemp concrete. The use of these materials makes it possible to reduce our impact on the environment, but also helps support the creation of sectors for sustainable construction. It is also an innovation, as it is the first such construction in our territory, with hemp The local producer in Ile-de-France, welcomed the elected official.

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“The Petanque Zone of Bernard Chambas meets many goals. First of all, to perpetuate and allow the development of a sporting and recreational activity accessible to all.”

“After that, we also made the option to double the number of stadiums to enhance comfort in practice, to organize your competitions which are a sign of the Petanque Club and every time an opportunity to highlight our municipality.”

“Finally, this space is also free. Because we want to give all residents of Magne-les-Hamaux an opportunity to engage in physical activity, sports and leisure.”

The Petanque area is located in a botanical area with native species according to the guidelines of the nature park. “We will add several trees in the fall. This is the work of the agents of our landscape department, whose competence is recognized outside the boundaries of our municipality. This is natural because they accompany in a very beautiful way the transition of our community in order to respect and promote biodiversity.”

The opening was followed by the Petanque Championship. A tournament in which some elected officials participated.

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