The Gorky Park seems to have been restored since my last time in Moscow and I had a very pleasant time there.
It was late evening and I walked , wlaked walked on by in lots of directions , along the river. I also had some snack and watched people skating and strolling around. There were music and funny people entering in the cold water of the lake.
Very relaxed atmosphere and easy to go , through the subway (ring line)
On a pleasantly balmy June evening, with the sun setting, the pace of life in Gorky Park gently slows. It's still just as busy as it was in the afternoon but people are more content to just stroll the gardens, sit in the cafes or on the benches and watch the world go by. A few of the older kids are still roller-skating and skateboarding but not manically so. The outdoor dance-floor, by the Krymsky Bridge, is probably the most energetic evening activity whilst sitting watching the musical fountain is a sedate delight.
Everything is well-lit, but not excessively so, and the whole park has a magically romantic feel to it.
I was particularly impressed by the group of youngsters having a picnic dinner on one of the lakeside tables, complete with their own tablecloth, crockery and glassware, which to my mind epitomises the egalitarian ethos the park's administration have achieved.
Surprisingly there's no obvious police presence, unlike, say, the area around the Kremlin and Red Square, but there's also no unruly behaviour, nor public drunkenness. It's all very relaxed, cultured and civilised, as if the Muscovites treat the space as their own, which I suppose it is.
Gorky Park was the #2 thing on my Moscow "To Do" list, #1 being the Metro. My visit was inspired by the novel of the same name by Martin Cruz Smith who vividly portrayed a decaying Soviet-era playground inhabited by alcoholics, feral homeless children and drug-addicts. Despite the often bleakness of his descriptions there was always an underlying element of optimism, that the park was not beyond salvation.
This indeed has proved to be true. The park began as an ambitious project initiated by the Presidium of the Moscow City Council in March 1928 to provide a city centre space for the welfare of workers during their leisure time. 300 acres of riverside were appropriated and developed, providing exhibition spaces, sports facilities, the Green Theatre, children's playgrounds, and the whole landscaped with gardens, ponds and fountains. In 1932 it was dedicated to the writer Maxim Gorky.
When Cruz Smith's book was written in 1981 the park had suffered from years of neglect, partly due to the economic situation of the USSR at the time. It was to reach its nadir following the collapse of the Soviet Union when the early stages of Russian capitalism were characterised by a money-grabbing freefall mentality which saw the park taken over by cheap, second-hand, funfair rides and tacky fast-food stalls.
In March 2011 the city council took the capitalist bull by the horns and appointed Sergei Kapkov, a Deputy of the State Duma and an associate of Vladimir Putin, as the park's director. Almost overnight Kapkov has re-established Gorky Park according to its Communist-inspired 1930's ideal.
Admission charges were scrapped, the cheap funfair rides demolished and the fast-food stalls outlawed.
The park has been re-landscaped and many of its original features, such as the musical fountain, rehabilitated. Modern improvements include free Wi-Fi, free dance classes, a concert stage, updated sports facilities, art galleries and the sculpture park.
Much of the work has been funded by the Moscow City Council and that investment, along with the continuing works in progress partly offset by the income derived from the various concessions.
I do enjoy a good public park and this one is pretty much perfect. OK a beer at any of the cafes costs about the same as it does in the city proper, but someone has to pay for the freebies and I was more happy to add my little contribution ;-HIC!
Gorky Park was name after Maxim Gorky, an author, the founder of Soviet Realism which was the officially approved type of art in the Soviet Union for approximately sixty years) and political activist.
The park or leaisure factory as parks were known as in Soviet times) stretches along the Moskva River and sprawls itself over 300 acres.
It was opened in 1928 and has an impressive entrance, as one would expect considering it was planned by a (world) famous Soviet archetect!
Utter the name Gorky Park and images of decrepit fun-fair rides are conjured in one's mind-eye. However, in line with Moscow's desire to redevelop all its parks, Gorky was stripped out in 2011 and reborn as an eco-friendly area for recreation. The admission fee was removed along with the rides and so now is free for all to enjoy. It has become one of the most popular places to go in Moscow!
The test shuttle OK-TVA is still in Gorky, sadly positioned along the river, becoming weathered.
There are numerous events that take place in the park and frequent open air cinemas.
This year, for the first time, the children's creative festival was held in the park. (mid August). If this occurs again, I recommend you go,,, the parade will get your imaginative juices flowing :-)
This famous park is named after the Russian writer Maxim Gorky. It was immortalized by the film "Gorky Park" although the film was actually filmed in Finland because of the political climate in 1983.
It covers around 297 acres and sits alongside the banks of the Moskva River. Opened in 1929 as the park of culture and rest. During the soviet era, it contained loudspeakers, which were used to deliver speeches by communist leaders.
Today the park includes a fairground, boating lake and an outdoor theatre.
Almost everybody seems to know the name Gorky Park, due to the famous thriller by Martin Cruz Smith.
The park was opened in 1928 as the first park of culture and rest in the Soviet Union. Nowadays it is an immense amusement park with all sorts of children's play areas and fun fairs.
I was quite surprised to find some discarded German funfairs here (e.g. Die Silbermine, das Traumschiff, die Fantastische Reise).
Gorky Park is situated at the banks of the river Moskva, just southwest of the city centre. The nearest metro stops are Oktyabrskaya (brown line) or Park Kultury (red line).
This large park is based on a bank of the Moscow river. There are various places for kids, including the large observation wheel. Don't miss the Buran, the Soviet shuttle that was made in the late 1980s. Further upstream starts the proper park, Nescuchny Sad.
if you ever come to Moscow in winter i think you could have fun going ice skating, i've been very surprised to know that there is an artificial rink in Gorky Park located very close to that dirty small lake where in summer people experience bungy jumping. it's possible to rent skates (but please be sure these are not hockey skates if you prefere fugure ones of course!-which may happen because they dont have that many of figure skates..)-whole thing for 1 hour costs 300 rubles, approx. 10$
We had decided to go skating. So we headed over here and found a parking spot much more easily than one would have imagined. But the lines for skates (I didnt have my own) proved to be too long and we walked around and decided to move on.
Gorky Park stretches about 3 km along the banks of the Moskva river. It's a nice place to get away from all the city noise. During summer you can go on all kinds of amusement rides and in winter many paths get flooded and when it's cold enough you can ice-skate there.
Admission is 50 Roubles
Gorky park is a favorite place to rest, have fun and spend the leisure time.
Did you know Russia was the country with the first roller coaster?
Multicolored fountains, vast greenery, flowerbeds, a lake, boats for rent, merry-go-rounds, and many other amusement facilities attract both Moscow residents and the guests of the city.
This park stretches along 3 kilometers of the Moskva river Gorky Park (usually referred to as Park of Culture and Recreation) to the southwest of the city center.
During the winter time it is fully covered with white snow and shining by the sunrise,
the unique decorative gardens are now escorted by an amusement region, recommend for wonderful viewing experience ,,