The project to improve pedestrian zones at Zaryadye Park will link the four landscape zones: tundra, steppe, forest and wetland. An innovative paving system, which will be used at the park, will blend pavements with living nature.
“Hexagonal granite stones will alternate with hardy lawn strengthened with a geogrid, which is good for planting trees, shrubs and flowers between the stones,” said Sergei Kuznetsov, chief architect of Moscow and head of the parks design group.
A geogrid is used to reinforce subsoil layers to endure high stress.
One more paving element will be hexagonal glow benches, which will be installed on the park’s central avenues along with seats made out of large rocks.
The professionals who created this innovative natural paving drew their inspiration from the High Line, a public park built in 2009 on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan. The High Line combines urban elements, paving and greenery and was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the architects who won global renown for the High Line Park and later the 2013 competition for the best Zaryadye Park concept.
Plans provide for using as few railings and fences as possible in the park. People will be able to walk on the grass and sit on hillsides and meadows wherever they want, unhindered by any fences or boundary stones. Besides this, the park will be open round the clock.
Zaryadye Park will open by City Day celebrations in the early autumn. The park will have four traditional Russian landscape zones: tundra, steppe, forest and wetland, which will run down from Varvarka to the Moskva River in terraces. Over 600 trees, 8,000 bushes and over 120 different kinds of flowers, perennial grasses and even berries have been planted in the park.