Gorky Park (Moscow)

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Gorky Park
RIAN archive 510373 Pond in Gorky Park.jpg
Pond in Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, 1982
Location Moscow, Russia
Coordinates 55°43′53″N 37°36′14″E / 55.73139°N 37.60389°E / 55.73139; 37.60389Coordinates: 55°43′53″N 37°36′14″E / 55.73139°N 37.60389°E / 55.73139; 37.60389
Opened 1928
Area 300 acres (120 ha)
Website Gorky Park

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure (Russian: Центральный парк культуры и отдыха (ЦПКиО) имени Горького , tr. Tsentralny park kultury i otdykha imeni Gorkogo; IPA: [t͡sɨnˈtralʲnɨj ˈpark kʊlʲˈturɨ i ˈoddɨxə ˈimʲɪnʲɪ ˈɡorʲkəvə]) is an amusement park in Moscow, named after Maxim Gorky.

History[edit]

Gorky Park was opened in 1928. It is located at Krymsky Val and situated just across the Moskva River from Park Kultury Metro Station. The Park was planned by Konstantin Melnikov, a world-famous Soviet avant-garde and constructivist architect. Gorky Park was created by the amalgamation of the extensive gardens of the old Golitsyn Hospital and the Neskuchny Palace and covers an area of 300 acres (120 ha) along the river.[1]

Transformation[edit]

Gorky Park Roller Coaster

During the post-Soviet era Gorky Park used to host an amusement park with fun fairs, various amusement rides, a Ferris wheel and one of the mock-ups (test units) from the Buran space shuttle program. During the winter the footpaths flood over and freeze, which allows ice-skating around the park.[1]

Over the years the rides became decrepit, and the park territory was swamped with cheap attractions and cafes. In 2011 the Gorky Park underwent a major reconstruction. All amusement rides have been removed in order to transform the place into an eco-friendly recreational zone. In March, the city appointed Sergei Kapkov director of the 120-hectare, or 300-acre, Gorky Park. He canceled the entrance fee and cleared the park of outdated carnival rides and junk food stalls, while bringing back the traditional sport activities: aerobics, yoga and salsa dancing taught by educated instructors, along with creating new spaces, such as a pétanque cafe, beach volleyball courts and an open-air cinema theatre. With free Wi-fi, contemporary public art projects, design fairs and a new cafe policy, Gorky Park soon became one of the most popular places in Moscow.[2] A 15,000 square meter ice rink, with separate zones for children, hockey, dancing, and general skating, was officially opened in December 2011.[3]

Arctic motifs
Amusement rides and the Buran space shuttle test vehicle.

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gorky Park in Eagle, Russia Retrieved on 2013-10-25.
  2. ^ Abramovich brings Midas touch to Gorky Park Retrieved on 2011-09-19
  3. ^ Neumeyer, Joy (December 12, 2011). "Smooth skating". The Moscow News. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ Scorpions - Wind Of Change Retrieved on 2009-09-27.
  5. ^ Eurovision 2008 - Malta (Vodka) By Morena Retrieved on 2009-09-27.

External links[edit]

For other uses, see Gorky Park (disambiguation).