For 24 hours, as the new park opened, Instagram users shared over 16,000 photos and videos using the #зарядье and #паркзарядье hashtags, and over 7,000 posts pinpointing the park’s location. Many posts on the new park were made on other social media as well.
“Different locations of the park offer magnificent city views. The flying bridge, for instance, which is an observation deck with a view on the Moskva River, offers amazing views of the river, the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral. The view makes a strong impression, and people naturally want to capture it and take it back with them,” said Sergei Kuznetsov, the Chief Moscow Architect.
On City Day, 9 September, Russian President Vladimir Putin opened Zaryadye Park. The park’s design concept was developed by an international consortium headed by American Diller Scofidio + Renfro design studio. The concept is based on Wild Urbanism that combines elements of the city and nature, past and future. The park includes various attractions, such as Flight Over Russia and Time Machine, an Ice Cave themed centre, a florarium, a scientific and educational centre and many other attractions.
School students, children from large families and boarding schools were the first to visit Zaryadye Park. On 11 September, the park opened for the public at large.