Garden of the Future, Tyufeleva Roshcha and other cosy nooks: Improving parks by popular demand

Garden of the Future, Tyufeleva Roshcha and other cosy nooks: Improving parks by popular demand
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Yevgeny Samarin
The city continues to improve the parks in the central districts and elsewhere, turning them into people-friendly and modern facilities. For example, a rundown park in YuzhnoyeButovo has changed completely. Beskudnikovo District residents can now visit the Garden of Fragrances, and people in the Danilovsky District can admire a pond and a picturesque pergola that resembles an industrial assembly line reminding everyone about the sprawling Soviet-era Likhachev Automotive Plant that churned out countless vehicles here until the early 21st century.

The Moscow Government prioritises the creation of the most comfortable living conditions for everyone, regardless of age or place of residence. Today, almost every city district has its own large, improved and well-equipped parks. Some of them were built over the past few years, and others were overhauled and improved.

This year, the city had 82 green areas on its improvement list, including 24 city parks, 25 new neighbourhood parks and 33 landmarks, and also boulevards, public gardens and squares that are popular with local residents. Park Pobedy in Zelenograd and the Lyublino Estate Park will continue to be improved next year.

This story discusses new and improved parks in various administrative areas.

Green spots right on your doorstep

Central Administrative Area: River Overlook footbridge and Russian nature

Zaryadye Park, the first large park to be established in central Moscow in 70 years, opened in time for 2017 City Day celebrations. The River Overlook footbridge, one of the main city landmarks, catches everyone’s attention. The bridge provides wonderful views of the Kremlin, St Basil’s Cathedral and the Russian Foreign Ministry. It is also possible to see the Moscow International Business Centre skyline from here.

The park’s creators managed to accomplish a virtually impossible task creating an oasis with a unique botanical collection highlighting Russia’s diverse nature in the very centre of the city. Buildings that are part of the landscape feature cutting-edge technology. 

The park offers the scientific-educational Nature Centre, an exhibition hall and a media centre, with the latter hosting lectures, concerts and workshops. After walking through a forest or a grass meadow, people can learn the latest science and cultural news and visit the North Pole in a unique Ice Cave.

Northeastern Administrative Area: Linden-tree alley and co-working facility

In 2017, a large 20 hectare green area called Garden of the Future appeared at the former Leonovo Estate in northeastern Moscow. Modern facilities combine beautifully with recreated 18th-19th century park culture elements.

Although the estate burned down in the early 20th century, designers managed to restore the landscape using old maps. Today, visitors can once again admire a flowers with parterre bedding and walk a multi-level terrace leading towards the pond.

The 200-year-old linden-tree alley, part of which survives to this day, has been supplemented with young trees, and the footpath was covered with tiles.

A wooden summer-house with hanging cocoon-shaped armchairs, a co-working facility, a sports ground with exercisers featuring QR codes, as well as a playground with musical instruments, fit nicely into the landscape. The area has a sport equipment rental centre, retail outlets and cafés.

Navigation signage helps people find their way around the park.

Northern Administrative Area: Garden of Fragrances and roller-skating park

The city finished improving the Svyatroslava Fyodorova Park in the Beskudnikovo District this past October, renovating its footpaths and installing benches. People can work out at sport and Parkour facilities, a roller-skating park and use the cycling lanes. And a 723-metre ski course will appear in the winter.

The 1,000-square metre Garden of Fragrances, a pleasant bonus, fills the air with lavender, fennel, peppermint, thyme and other aromatic herbs. Admission is free, and a dry-deck fountain will become the Garden’s main attraction next summer. Every evening, residents will enjoy a musical show with disco lights here.

It will also be possible to walk dogs in the park or to borrow books from a 116.5-square metre street library and to read them in three decorative pergolas and three summer-houses.

Trees will continue to be planted in the park under the improvement programme.

Northwestern Administrative Area: Tennis court and roller-skating park

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The Mitino Park has opened in northwestern Moscow after being refurbished since July 2017. Today, the improved 111 hectare area offers functional zones for various age categories.

It is possible to play tennis, jog, play ball and roller-skate at one of the nine sport facilities here. The park also has a 600-square metre skating park and two street workout facilities.

People can swim in Penyaginsky Pond in the summer using a 450-square metre wooden terrace; ten beach locker rooms and 20 recliners are also available.

Children will like playgrounds with swings, slides and elastic bungee jumping cords. The park’s winter sport infrastructure includes ski lifts for reaching the sled-and-tubing slide (that was installed by popular demand).

The park’s 24.5-kilometres of footpaths and cycling lanes offer a unique opportunity for outdoor activities. It has three revamped archaeological pavilions, including the Laboratory of Archaeology exhibition hall, Exhibition Pavilion No. 1, and a pavilion near the summer stage, and other new facilities.

Eastern Administrative Area: Lilac Garden and Vsepogorka

Sokolniki Park is bracing for the eerie winter season. Its Vsepogorka tubing slide, Moscow’s longest, has been improved. The slope is 200 metres long and starts 12 metres up, and its special modern wear-resistant coating mitigates fickle weather conditions. Thus, it can be used all year round.

In late summer, a 1,500-square metre skateboard park for extreme sports was upgraded. It now features a radial hill, one large and two small slopes, three types of start zones, a combined fly-box with a pyramid, a radial pyramid, a stairway and three types of railings.

A winter garden with a water tower, as well as a wooden granary, will be restored in Sokolniki. All of them are located at the former dacha of State Councillor Ivan Lyamin.

There are plans to improve the Lilac Garden next year. The area will receive three white summer-houses with antique style porticos, as well as 14 decorative arches standing three metres tall each. Depending on the season, they will be decorated with various flowers and green shrubs. The park will also have two fountains, four small bridges and four pergolas with swings and eight drinking fountains resembling columns without capitals.

Southeastern Administrative Area: Pump track and picnic areas

The 850-letiya Moskvy Park on the left bank of the Moskva River in the city’s Southeastern Administrative Area, is a favourite leisure and recreation area for Maryino District residents. In 2017-2018, the city upgraded this park on a large scale, creating one of the best sport-recreation green zones in the capital. Located within walking distance, the park offers many opportunities for fun and games.  Picnic lovers can use summer-houses and BBQ grills, and extreme sport fans are free to use a skateboard park and three pump tracks; one of them is the longest in Moscow. A 4.1-kilometre professional closed-loop roller-skiing track with counter-slopes is unique in itself. A shooting gallery for biathletes, a multirole sport-school pavilion, a café and a sport equipment rental centre are located at the start-finish area. In addition, the park has sport facilities for various age groups and a 14.2kilometre cycling lane. Children can use various slides, swings and merry-go-rounds.

Southern Administrative Area: Pergola and lots of plants 

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Danilovsky District residents already love the Tyufeleva Roshcha Park that opened this past summer.  Like the Blue Lagoon, it offers a 3,000-square metre pond that dominates the area. The pond’s leak-proof concrete bowl and unique multi-stage purification system provide for clean and clear water.

A pergola, resembling an industrial assembly line, runs throughout the park, reminding visitors of the sprawling Soviet-era Likhachev Automotive Plant that churned out countless vehicles here until the early 21st century. The pergola is not like a summer-house or pavilion but rather a roofed promenade 1,300 metres long. It also acts as an observation deck and an art object.

The park received oaks, pines, lindens, larches, alder, juniper, and Cornelian cherries trees, and spiraea plants and rose-bushes, for a total of about 3,500 coniferous and broad-leaf tree varieties and shrubs, as well as flowerbeds with an area of 10,700 square metres. Restless people can use the sport facility, while children play in a playground with rugged terrain. A dog-walking facility is also available.

The park is part of an ambitious project to reorganise the former ZIL industrial zone. Apart from the leisure and recreation area, it will include housing and diverse transport infrastructure.

Southwestern Administrative Area: Cascade ponds and climbing wall

The long-awaited 142.5 hectare landscape park is a boon for Yuzhnoye Butovo residents. The park area in Butovo basically remained unused for a long time, with only trampled lawns and destroyed pavements (sidewalks), and its playgrounds and sport facilities did not meet modern standards. The city started improving the park in 2016; today, it has become an attractive leisure and recreation area.

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Its historical Chernevskiye and Gavrikovskiye cascade ponds have been cleaned, and fish schools are now swimming in them. Fishing bridges and duck shacks have been built around them, and the park has also received an eco-path/boardwalk ringing the shoreline and picnic areas for 15 holidaymakers each. Several cafés are also on hand.

Its 14 sport facilities will keep amateur athletes busy, and children can romp the 17 playgrounds, one for each day. The park’s summer stages and Green Theatre host concerts and city festivals.

Western Administrative Area: Ladoshki and sport facilities

The improved  50-letiya Oktyabrya Park reopened in August. People in the Ramenki District and on Vernadskogo Prospekt offered several suggestions for the project.

The famous installation My Family, called Ladoshki (Palms) by the locals, once again decorates the park, delighting everyone with its architectural lighting. This symbol reflects the park’s main concept, family leisure and recreation, and indicates that the place is ideally suited for this. The park has 12 playgrounds, including one for children with disabilities.

Its sport facilities include street workout, boxing, tennis, badminton, volleyball and basketball grounds. And extreme sport fans will like its climbing wall and skateboard park.

From now on, people can use a new 3.6-kilometre long cycling route or leave their bicycles at 12 bike-racks and walk along the 22.1 kilometre long footpaths. The footpaths are lined with benches and dustbins, feeding trays for birds, stairways and ramps for people with disabilities. During improvements, the park received larches, willows, birches and fir-trees.

The park also offers cafés, a co-working pavilion, a game club for children, sport equipment rental centres and two dog-walking grounds.