From Park of Light to Garden of Future: Eight nice parks in Northeastern Administrative District

August 29
Parks and pedestrian areas

In city parks, everyone can usually find something they like doing whether its embankment strolls or some sort of sports and there’s also things like taking photos together with unusual art installations. It’s thanks to the My District programme, natural areas in the entire city have become more attractive places to spend time. has made a selection of nice northeastern Moscow parks.

VDNKh landscape park

From 2018 to 2019, a magnificent landscape park was developed at VDNKh and divided into several thematic zones.

The Botanical Nature zone includes Kamenskiye Ponds that were dredged and the surrounding area tidied up. There is an observation point with a wooden amphitheatre on the bank of the 3rd Kamensky Pond. There is also the Exhibition of Ecosystems near the 4th Kamensky Pond where  a mixture of forest, meadow and aquarium vegetation has been planted. Included in the plan to make the park more beautiful, the Golden Spike fountain overhauled after not having functioned for 30 years, is Botanical Nature’s main feature.

A beach with a wooden deck, a canopy, plastic sun loungers and bridge walks are to be found in the Nature of Entertainment zone on the banks of the Kamenskiye Ponds. On the other side, a picturesque photo area has been set up: a labyrinth full of vegetation with 16 sections. The walls are made of thujas, firs, apple trees and lindens. In the centre of each part, there is a tree surrounded with benches where people can relax.

In the Wild Nature zone, there is a unique air eco trail, which is almost 500 m long and about six m high. A curved path makes it possible to see VDNKh’s green belt part and the Sheremetyevskaya oak grove as well as squirrels and owls living there. The trail has lighting, too.

Near the northern entrance to the trail, there is Cedric Le Borgne’s Birds hanging from the trees. The French artist creates handmade art installations from stainless steel for urban spaces.

The Cultivated Nature dedicated to crops is located behind the Cosmos Pavilion. Over 1,000 additional fruit trees and bushes were planted in the Michurinsky Garden. Next to Saint Basil the Great’s Chapel, there is a syringarium where there’s a comfortable recreation zone with benches and paths in the existing lilac garden. The Large Picture of Fields behind Pavilion 26 (Transport) is one of the most interesting things in the theme zone. Their beautification was inspired by Vasily Kandinsky’s pictures: flowerbeds resemble squares and rectangles, each one with its own geometric pattern. A children’s playground near the Cosmos Pavilion has the same motifs: an interesting multilayer landscape in shades of green and sand yellow.

Plans are in the making to shortly open the garden of five senses in the Cultivated Nature zone. The Mobius strip, a loop-shaped 300-metre-long path, will be its central piece. Flowering bulbous plants and perennials, rustling birches and lindens, fragrant roses, daffodils and grape hyacinths, pines to feel  and fruit bushes (blueberries, gooseberries and currants) representing the tasty garden will be planted there.

The last park zone, Nature of Sciences and Arts, is located between the Green Theatre and Moskvarium. A games room with chess tables under a series of unusual arches, a secluded and fenced off reading room with tables and benches, and a theatre hall: an amphitheatre with a stage and three rows of seats can be found there. There is another amphitheatre on the other side of Moskvarium, but at its foot there is no stage but a pedestrian dry fountain with lighting.

Park of Light

Last year a church complex to commemorate the Cathedral of Moscow Saints was built in Kostromskaya Street in Bibirevo. Back then, the garden around the church was a simple looking path  to use to get to the metro, so it was decided to make it “a light way” – both literally and figuratively. A unique lighting system became its main feature.

Under the My District programme, a large circular swing with dynamic lighting was placed in the centre of the park. During the daytime, the lights are white as snow, but at night they become shades of blue, purple and pink, which look like the northern lights. A picturesque zone of Fairytale Forest, where lamposts shaped like spheres and crescents are distributed among the trees, is the main gem of the park. People can sit on them like they would on benches.

Another interesting art installation, bronze sculptures of three beavers, is located at the entrance of the main park walkway. The name of the district, Bibirevo, is believed to come from the old Russian word “bebr” that means “beaver.” This animal is the emblem of Bibirevo; it is placed on its coat of arms.

There are two illuminated playgrounds for children in the Park of Light: one of them, situated on a hill, has several obstacle courses with a bungee, while the other, for toddlers, has a low play area, a nest swing, a climbing frame and a sandbox. Athletes will find a bicycle lane and two workout areas in the park, one of which has streetlamps around the perimeter and is good for workouts early morning and late evening. For dog owners, there is a playground for animals with training equipment in the far part of the park, near Prishvina Street. The bright lighting built into the fence makes it possible to walk dogs safely at any time of the day or night.

Lianozovo Promenade

In the late 19th to early 20th century, there was a dacha village in today’s Lianozovo District founded by oil producer Georgy Lianozov (Gevorg Lianosyan), later named after him. Entrepreneurs and intelligentsia used to live there, and the dachas with their Art Nouveau interiors, terraces, balconies and even a telephone line, which was very rare back at that time, were considered very respectable. After the 1950s, when the village became part of the capital, the dacha houses were dismantled and residential buildings were erected in the area. In 2019, the Lianozovo Promenade pedestrian zone was built along Uglichskaya Street. At both ends of the walkway, there are snow-white arches with pointed pinnacles and clever illumination resembling Art Nouveau dacha roofs. Along the pedestrian zone, there are large swings and summerhouses with glass roofs where people can relax as well as play chess and on display are historical photos of Lianozovo. At the central section of the promenade, there is a large frame with a picturesque photo of the Lianozovo Stream and the trees of Lianozovo Park.

Torfyanka Park

Torfyanka Park is located around Torfyanka Pond in the Losinoostrovsky District. After being upgraded in 2019, a beautiful embankment with an amphitheatre, a semicircular pergola and a water stage, which also became an observation point, surfaced there. On the other bank, there is a recreation zone with a wooden deck and sun loungers. There are three stylish playgrounds for children, too.

Torfyanka Park also has several sports grounds: a workout area with training bars and other equipment, table tennis and space for those who enjoy playing chess. A path for Nordic walking goes through the entire park intended for senior citizens. A bronze sculpture of a moose, the district’s symbol, became the park’s talisman. It can be glimpsed from Ostashkovsky Proyezd.

Garden of the Future

This is situated in what was once the Leonovo Estate. In 2017, the park had a makeover and 18th–19th century maps were used to create a mixture of what the area was like before combined with modern lighting.

Those who enjoy peaceful recreation will be able to walk along an eco-trail with a wooden deck among plenty of greenery, relax on a bench near the renovated fountain or in a cocoon swing or a sun lounger or simply stroll around Leonovsky Pond. More active people might prefer heading for the sports grounds with training bars and other equipment or going on bicycle rides along the path in Garden of the Future. Little ones will find interesting playgrounds with climbing frames, nest swings and even musical instruments (drums and xylophones) there. The park’s co-working zone is one of its most unusual places where devices can be charged and people can work quite productively.

Yauza floodplains along Zapovednaya Street

In 2019, the Yauza floodplains along Zapovednaya Street were upgraded under the My District programme. Cutting-edge and environment-friendly materials considering specifics of the local flora and fauna were used. The famous Singer’s Field stage covering 1,700 sq m was redone and observation points of various shapes and sizes connected with a 400-metre-long eco-trail were set on the hills. There are six playgrounds for children of various ages in the park. A zone for quiet recreation was established there in the place of the unfinished ski complex which was dismantled at the request of the locals. There is also a one-km-long bicycle lane.

Polar Sow public garden

Last year, a public garden was created on a piece of ground after five-storey buildings in Shokalskogo Proyezd were taken down. The new recreation zone became a small oasis among residential buildings of Severnoye Medvedkovo. It has children’s playgrounds with multilevel playing structures and a climbing wall, skating park, basketball playground, lawns and benches. The garden is adorned with a two-metre-high polygonal sculpture resembling a polar sow, the symbol of the district.

Public garden in Bazhova Street

There is a public garden dedicated to the art of Pavel Bazhov located in Rostokino. Bazhov was a famous collector of Ural tales. There is a monument to the writer and sculptures of his characters: the Mistress of the Copper Mountain, the deer from Silver Hoof, Ognevushka-Poskakushka and Danila Master as well as the Malachite Symphony, a mosaic and sculpture composition resembling Ural gemstones. Last year, bronze panels with scenes from Stone Flower, Silver Hoof and The Mistress of the Copper Mountain fairytales were added to the collection of art installations. The children’s playgrounds have been upgraded: two xylophones were added to one of them and large playing frames to the other. New workout complexes with instructions showing which muscle groups the simulators are designed for and how to use them correctly are to be found in the garden. There is a stage in the middle of the zone, and a large area in front of it serves both as an auditorium and a dance floor. Perhaps colourful figures shaped like mineral druses are among the most fascinating pieces in the redone garden: they are not just unusual decorations but are also there for another reason: they hide the maintenance system.


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