For many years, Moscow ranked pretty low when it came to liveability and access to recreation for its residents, despite having a large amount of green space. Many of the cities parks, including Gorky Park were run-down and even charged entrance fees! Today however, Moscow has truly turned the corner – Gorky Park is the centrepiece of the down town area.
Having gone through a significant (and costly) rejuvenation in recent years, Gorky Park is now a bustling hub of activity in the heart of Moscow. The park is open 24/7 and is completely free. Even late at night, you will find people going for a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, or sitting in one of the many restaurants and cafes that are scattered around the park. There are many activities on offer for free in all seasons, or you can pay a small fee for the rental of sports equipment at various stalls around the park. Also, if you are interested in a river cruise, many companies depart from the piers along the parks waterfront.
In fact, there is so much going on at Gorky Park every week, that the only way to really keep up is to visit their website on a regular basis and find out for yourself. In a very uncommon move for Russia, the website is available in English: http://www.park-gorkogo.com/en/
The most convenient metro stations to the park are Oktyabrskaya (Октя́брьская), which is at the junction of the circle line and the orange line, or the Park Kultury Station (Парк Культу́ры) on the red line just across the bridge from the park.
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