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Gorky Park

Listed under Parks in Moscow, Russia.

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Gorky Park was opened in 1928 and 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.

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 mockups (test units) from the Buran space shuttle program.

In 2011 the Gorky Park underwent a major reconstruction. All amusement rides have been removed in order to transform the place into a eco-friendly recreational zone. In March, the city appointed Sergei Kapkov director who canceled the entrance  fee and cleared the park of outdated carnival rides and junk-food stalls, while bringing back the traditional park sport activities, aerobics, yoga and salsa dancing taught by trendy instructors along with creating new spaces, such as a pétanque cafe and an open-air cinema theatre. With free Wi-fi, contemporary public art projects, design fairs and a new cafe policy, Gorky Park is one of the most popular places in Moscow.

A 15,000 square meter ice rink, with separate zones for children, hockey, dancing, and general skating, was officially opened in December 2011.

Written by  Anastasia.

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Mostly famous in the west for the cold war novel, and film, by the same name, or its mention in the song 'Winds of Change', Gorky Park was opened in 1928 as the Soviet Union's first 'Park of Culture and Rest', and the entertainment options, which began with a fair and some fairly basic playground equipment, have been improving ever since.

In winter when the shallow lakes, ponds and paths freeze over the park becomes a favourite for skaters and in February there's an annual Festival of Ice Sculpture.

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