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: [tsɨnˈtralʲnɨj 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 but one, a two deck carousel, 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 He canceled the entrance fee and cleared the park of outdated carnival rides and junk food stalls, while bringing back the traditional sport activities: aerobics, yoga and salsa dancing taught by educated instructors,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]

  • The park was written of in the novel Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith. It was later made into a film with the same name.
  • The German Hard Rock band Scorpions achieved great success with their popular single, "Wind of Change", which references Gorky Park[4] in light of the sociopolitical changes taking place in a post-Cold War era in Eastern Europe in the early 1990s.
  • A Russian rock and roll band Gorky Park is named after the park.
  • Gorky Park is mentioned in the song "Vodka"[5] by Morena, which represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008.
  • In the Multiplayer Shooter video game, Team Fortress 2, Gorky Park is referenced in the title of one of the game achievements pertaining to the 'Heavy' class.
  • In the British show IT Crowd, the bleak and Soviet-like outdoor employee smoking area is compared to Gorky Park
  • In the film Police Academy: Mission to Moscow there is a scene featuring the park.
  • In an episode of House of Cards in season three Tom Yates says-upon arriving in Moscow-that he "has a date with Gorky Park".

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).