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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Moscow's Gorky Park

Published 13 September 2012

Ever since it was opened in 1928, Gorky Park has been a central part of Moscow life. Although it became somewhat decrepit in the years after the collapse of communism, it has enjoyed a facelift since being taken over by new management in March 2011.

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An aerial view of Gorky Park in 1979. For decades, the 300-acre park has provided Muscovites with a swath of tranquil greenery in the heart of the Russian capital. 

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The park was a major center of "leisure and culture" during the Soviet era. 

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Muscovites attend an exhibition of military equipment seized during World War II in 1946. 

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A special reading area in the park in 1955

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Gorky Park was also home to many carnival rides for the amusement of socialist workers.

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These rides remained for decades after the fall of communism.

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Although the park and its attractions remained popular with Muscovites, they were starting to suffer from neglect by the turn of this century. 

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A number of cheap stalls and cafes were also blamed for lowering the tone of the park. 

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The park's reputation was not helped by the fact that it became the focal point of celebrations for ex-servicemen celebrating various military anniversaries. 

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Since it came under new management last year, however, the park has enjoyed something of a resurgence and has become popular with many of the city's affluent young hipsters. 

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It is also being used as a venue for various creative performances and innovative art installations, such as this mural made completely out of coffee beans. 

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A dance performance in Gorky Park earlier this year