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Gorky Park

The central park of the capital city

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The Gorky Central Park of Culture and Recreation has been popular since the Soviet times, when it was the city's main park. It was created in 1928 after the decision was made to convert the picturesque section of the Moskva River embankment into a permanent recreation area for Muscovites. Attractions and fountains were placed in the new park of culture and recreation, and its convenient location made it exceedingly popular.

The large-scale reconstruction of the Gorky Park, completed in 2012, marked the beginning of the Park Revolution in Moscow: parks were no longer perceived solely as green areas with unsuitable infrastructure. They were filled with activity and entertainment opportunities that the modern city residents could enjoy. The very concepts of these spaces have become more interesting and functional. Modern Gorky Park remains the most visited park in Moscow, but it bears little resemblance to its former Soviet self — today, it is a world-class space densely packed with contents. In addition to its many strolling areas, high-quality sports facilities, cafes, and restaurants, there some are temporary exhibitions available here. The park now attracts people of all ages.

To the left of the entrance, next to the ponds and the beach area, stands the Green School, a junior naturalist learning club for children. Behind it, there is the new building of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art: it was opened to visitors in 2015 in the former Vremena Goda ("Seasons") restaurant pavilion with its original mosaic panel. The reconstruction project was created by the renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. In the depths of the park, one can find skating grounds (it is the most popular location in Moscow for skating) and an area for extreme sports. Right next to those is the Nike Box MSK pavilion where free yoga, fitness, running, and football classes are regularly held.

A green area with fountains and a stage starts immediately behind the main entrance: in summer, it turns into a festival center, and in winter it becomes a huge ice ring.

The river embankment has been expanded — it is now dotted with cafes, eateries, benches, and picturesque gazebos. Some space was even reserved for cycling. A wide alley and bike paths lead to the Pushkin Bridge, which is outfitted with unusual glass panels. From there these paths continue on directly to Neskuchny Sad to Vorobyovy Gory. Significant events often take place on the embankment: for several years it was the center of one the biggest street culture festival, Faces & Laces. Dance events are regularly held here, weather permitting. Pleasure boats depart regularly from the nearby pier.

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