Gorky Park in Minsk
Minsk is a green city with many parks that can be seen as the monuments of landscape gardening art and architecture. Among those, for example, is the Central Children's Park named after Maxim Gorky. The park was founded on May 1, 1805 when the grand opening took place. The city park occupied a very large area of 18 hectares on both banks of the Svisloch river.
The park, which at that time was called the Governor's Garden, became the first public place to rest in Belarus. Various avenues and sports playgrounds appeared here as well as bicycle rentals and even places that sold drinks. Even then contemporaries called it one of the best parks they had ever seen. After the revolution, the park received the name ‘Profintern’, but then was renamed in honor of Maxim Gorky.
After the war, the territory of the park was enlarged through the incorporation of several quarters and damaged houses. During this time, new attractions and recreation areas for children and adults were opened in the park, along with summer cinema, which, however, burned down due to a fire in the early 70s. What is more, the stadium was put in proper condition. By 1960, the park officially received the status of a children's park, which led to the reconstruction of some alleys and premises. New children carousels were added and a planetarium with an observatory was built.
Today the park has expanded its territory up to 28 hectares. The number of entertainment services and leisure areas has also significantly increased. The Ferris Wheel, which is 54 meters high, offers a beautiful view of Minsk and both young and adult visitors are proud of it. Besides, visitors can also feed the squirrels and ducks living in the park. A stroll in the park will also please those who enjoy nature, as the park is famous for its rich and interesting flora. Thus, a visit to Gorky Park will become a wonderful way to spend your time and will allow you to have a rest for your soul.
How to get there: metro stations ‘Oktyabrskaya’, ‘Kupalovskaya’, ‘Victory Square’; trams 1, 1n, 4, 7 (Gorky Park stop), buses 100, 111 (Yanki Kupala stop or Victory Square stop)