The Skolkovo innovation centre will have several themed landscaped parks, including the Technology Park Garden, the Children’s Park, the Central Park, the Alley of Festivals and Fairs, and the Sport, Tennis and Family parks. A five-kilometre promenade with bicycle and Segway rental centres will link all of them. Visitors will also be able to recharge their telephones and other devices while at the promenade.
The entire park infrastructure will blend with the natural surroundings. Birch and oak tree groves and coniferous tree forests now grow in this area that is scheduled for renovation. There are plans to preserve the trees in the vicinity and to plant new ones, the Skolkovo Foundation’s press service said in a statement.
The promenade starts with the six-hectare Alley of Festivals and Fairs where retail outlets and cafes will be sited. People will use navigational stands to find their way around and get from one park to another.
After leaving the Alley of Festivals and Fairs, people will enter the 11-hectare Central Park with an embankment, bridges, piers and a floating pond stage.
The Children’s and Family parks will be close to the Central Park. The 1.7-hectare Children’s Park will have a rope park, a large sandbox for toddlers and many other attractions.
The 12-hectare Family Park will feature picnic and barbecue areas, a large promenade zone, and cozy nooks for yoga and meditation.
Visitors will then be able to enter the 2.2-hectare Tennis Park featuring a tennis school with indoor and open courts. There are plans to coach professional athletes and hold tennis competitions there.
The nearby 6.2-hectare Sport Park will feature equipment for various activities, including a cycle track, ramps for skateboarders, volleyball, basketball, football and hockey facilities.
The 3.5-hectare Technology Park Garden with recreational lawns, summer cafes and an amphitheatre will be located in front of the main Skolkovo building. A dry fountain (water spouting from the sidewalk) will be a main attraction.
The city started upgrading Skolkovo’s parks in the spring of 2016. The entire project is scheduled for completion in 2019.
In 2017, a medical cluster with several foreign clinics will open at the Skolkovo innovation centre. Patients will be able to receive treatment from foreign doctors without leaving the country.