The improvement of 37 important public spaces in Moscow’s neighbourhoods, including parks, boulevards, squares and streets located near metro stations, malls, outpatient clinics, schools and kindergartens, has been completed. The project included the renovation of pavements (sidewalks), the planting of grass and flower beds and the creation of sports grounds and children’s playgrounds and dog walking grounds, as well as new benches, litter bins and energy-saving lamps. Five more public spaces will be improved by the end of the year.
Important public spaces are being renovated in all administrative areas.
“These improvements take into account the requirements of local residents. Some of the new public spaces, such as small parks, are being created on vacant lots,” said an official from Moscow’s Department for Major Housing Repairs.
A new park has been created at a residential building on 39 Kutuzovsky Prospekt near the Kutuzovskaya metro station and the MCC station of the same name, as well as near a large office building. The park immediately became very popular with local residents and visitors. The park’s layout takes into account the specific features of the terrain. Areas with different height levels have been strengthened with retaining walls, hills, slopes and lawns have been planted with grass, and the concrete blocks of a railway bridge have been softened by a row of bushes and young linden trees. A circular path laid along the park perimeter is crossed by diagonal paths that lead to residential blocks, the office building, and the metro and MCC stations. Benches have been installed in five areas around the park. The sports grounds include a basketball court and outdoor fitness equipment.
A new pedestrian area has been created between the Belyayevo metro station and Konkovskiye Ponds on Vvedenskogo Street. Thousands of people now use this 2.4 kilometre route. Before this area was improved, people had to walk on narrow sidewalks close to buildings and had to cross several busy streets. Moreover, a large part of the old route had no street lights. The improvements included the installation of lamps along the route and the repair of passages. Parking areas have been created nearby, trees and bushes have been planted, and litter bins and benches have been installed along the new route.
A park has been created at the residential building on 4 Rogozhsky Val Street several minutes’ walk from the Rimskaya and Ploshchad Ilyicha metro stations. A dry fountain, children’s playgrounds and sports areas have been installed in the park.
The renovated Sirenevy Boulevard in eastern Moscow now has a concert and recreation area with semi-circular seating, swings, and deck and lounge chairs. A nearby area has been assigned for weekend fairs, where people can buy foods and consumer goods. A bicycle path now connects Shchelkovsky Proyezd to Nikitinskaya Street. Permanent signage stands commemorating heroes of the Great Patriotic War have been set up on the boulevard.
The improvement of Beskudnikovsky Boulevard in northern Moscow included the creation of a 2.5 kilometre bicycle path, the renovation of a football pitch and a basketball court, the improvement of three dog walking grounds and the creation of one more such area, as well as the construction of 11 playgrounds for children of different ages.
By the end of this year, 73 parks and green zones will be improved and 56 parks and green zones with a total area of 1,656 hectares will be created in Moscow. The programme includes 22 city parks, 15 designated natural areas, 50 neighbourhood parks and 42 important public spaces, such as boulevards, parks and green areas that are popular with everyone. These improvement plans were based on Active Citizen website user feedback.