The new park will have 700 trees and 2,000 shrubs.

Construction of a new ZIL park is due to be launched in May and completed in the autumn of this year. The new green zone measuring 10 square hectares will become a leisure spot for Muscovites, especially for residents of the Danilovsky District of the Southern Administrative Area. It is estimated that the park will have around 15,000 visitors every day at the weekends, and by over 5,000 people on weekdays.

Park to replace an industrial zone

The park will be constructed in the northern part of the former Likhachyov Plant territory between Lisitskogo and Arkhitektora Leonidova streets.

“The place used to be occupied by the plant’s shops and outdoor warehouses. Soon there will be over 700 trees and 2,000 shrubs, flower beds, benches, pedestrian and cycling lanes,” Moscow Deputy Mayor for Housing and Utilities Pyotr Biryukov told mos.ru.

The park will be next to the blocks of flats that are being built on the ZIL territory, and the former is meant to separate these houses from the Moscow Central Circle. The new park will be within walking distance of the ZIL station.

Engineering solution

Pond and a terrace in the form of a conveyor belt

The ZIL park project was designed at the expense of a New York architectural bureau under the guidance of the urban architect Jerry van Eyck. The project was handed over to the city of Moscow free of charge and is due to be implemented shortly.

The park project is based on a public art concept – art in an urban space.

“The central element is a pergola – a green 1.5 kilometre long terrace. It will wind all around the park, which will have cafes and restaurants, bike-share stations as well as roller skate rental shops, and more,” Pyotr Biryukov added. The construction will be in the form of a conveyor belt, this architectural solution is a reference to the past when the territory belonged to the Likhachyov Plant.

There will also be a pond resembling a narrow serpentine river, along which there will be pedestrian and cycling lanes.

“The park territory is to feature a basketball sports ground, tennis courts and a playground, the square of the latter is 1,500 square kilometres, and it can be used by children of all ages. For evening walks lights are to be installed in the park, as well as architectural landscape lighting,” the Deputy Mayor noted.

Moscow parks are very popular among Muscovites. Thus, after the renovation, VDNKh’s capacity increased by 10 times to 25 million people a year.

Reorganisation of industrial zones

Construction in the ZIL territory is the largest project in Europe of an industrial zone reorganisation (400 square hectares). The new district will include housing, social, public and business objects. The territory is to be developed and made green. The construction work will also stretch to the embankments of the Moskva River. A new transportation infrastructure is to be created here as well.

A new metro station called Tekhnopark welcomed its first passengers at the end of 2015, in September 2016 two new MCC’s stations were put into operation, namely Avtozavodskaya and ZIL. By the end of 2018, 20 kilometres of road is to be laid in the territory of the former ZIL industrial zone. Also, in 2018 the construction of a new bridge for traffic  is to start, the bridge will go parallel to the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) and will connect the Third Ring Road and Varshavskoye Shosse.

In April 2016, the ice palace of the sports and entertainment centre Park of Legends opened for athletes and their supporters. This neighbourhood will also feature a complex of water sports, a multifunctional parking space with offices and apartments, a congress media centre with a hotel, residential buildings with a kindergarten and a school with a sports ground. In the centre of the residential complex ZILART will be a pedestrian Bratyev Vesninykh Boulevard, along which a concert hall, Hermitage Moscow Museum, a theatre, a hotel and shopping centres will be located.