This cozy 16.5-hectare park is a historic and cultural landmark with all the essentials needed for outdoor activities. It is located in a business district between the Moscow International Business Centre (MIBC) and the World Trade Centre. The park’s proximity to upscale business centres and residential neighbourhoods accounts for the fact that there is a good selection of excellent restaurants in the vicinity. Krasnaya Presnya stands out among other Moscow parks due to the variety of activities it offers to visitors. The park regularly hosts all kinds of open-air festivals and classes. Almost half of the visitors to this park are children as there are numerous activities for them including a skate park (in summer) and an ice rink (in winter).
Krasnaya Presnya Park has been open since 1932. Its name echoes the district’s history; it is derived from the Presnya River that ran here until 1908 before it was redirected to an underground duct. The word ‘Krasnaya’ (red) is a reference to the Russian Revolution of 1905. The epicentre was formed by the barricades put up by revolutionaries along the perimeter of this very district.
The park was laid out on the territory of an old manor dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The manor had been built on the bank of the Studenets River, near its confluence with the Moskva River. Its owners included the Princes Gagarin and Zakrevsky, the Governor-General of Moscow. The renowned architect Ghilardi contributed greatly to the park’s layout. The picturesque Holland ponds – the only ponds of their kind in Moscow – that determined the park’s design and the direction of its alleys still exist. The Octagon Pavilion still exists as well, although it has been transferred to a new location. Other legacies of the past include the fragments of a Tuscan column and an alley lined with lime trees.
Today, this park is highly popular with local residents and people working in nearby offices. It will take you about an hour to walk around it, but it is the sort of place where it’s best to take a leisurely stroll and a sit down under the trees on a bench in some secluded corner. The park is an ideal place for both romantic dates and recreation for families with kids. Sweethearts tend to congregate on bridges over the streams and parents with prams enjoy a well-equipped and fenced playground, merry-go-rounds and other children’s entertainment. There is also a skating zone that transforms into a rink in winter. Film screenings, concerts, dance and fitness classes take place on the stage in summertime. Among other services offered to visitors are a football field, sports training rooms, table tennis, a chess club, skate and bicycle lanes, sports equipment and bike rentals. The park also features several stands selling fast food, coffee and desserts (opening hours: 9:00am to 9:00pm).
Krasnaya Presnya stands out among other Moscow parks for the variety of activities offered to its visitors. The park regularly hosts all kinds of open-air festivals and classes, concerts, Meet-the-Artist events and fairs. The park administration organizes memorable events attracting thousands of visitors to celebrate major Russian holidays, be it the New Year’s Eve, Victory Day or Unity Day. The park also has a modern flavour, hosting such festivals as Geek Picnic, Foodiez of Moscow, the Food Truck Festival, Park of Arts and many more.© 2016-2018 moscovery.com