Friendship Park at River Station - one of the most beautiful places in the capital
Looking for a place for a pleasant walk and outdoor recreation at the weekend in the capital? Be sure to visit the Friendship Park at the River Station - this is a beautiful and fairly well-equipped recreation area. Here everyone will find something to do and appreciate the cleanliness of the local air. Where is this park and what is the history of its creation?
Trees planted in honor of friendship
For the 1950s and 1960s, it was a tradition to organize all sorts of festivals and meetings of activists of the Soviet youth movements with their colleagues from other countries. Such events usually took place with meetings and special occasions. Often, delegations, together with the host country, participated in community work days and tree planting. The VI World Festival of Youth and Students (1957), in the course of which the Friendship Park at the River Station was laid, was no exception.During all the previous five festivals in the cities where they took place, trees were planted in local recreation areas. During the 5th meeting in Warsaw, an alley of Friendship was planted. But the Moscow festival has distinguished itself in a special way - by planting the whole park.
The location of the park and its borders
The green recreation zone borders today with the following streets: Lavochkina, Naval, Festivalnaya and Leningradskoye highways. An interesting fact: the Friendship Park in Moscow was built earlier than the adjacent neighborhood and even the metro station located here. This is a unique case, as usually, recreation areas are created among the occupied new buildings. The terminal station of the metro station “River Station” is also located here; one of the above-ground entrance halls is located in the park. The park today is surrounded by residential buildings, this is the Left Bank (formerly Khimki-Khovrino) district of the city. Resting here, you can walk to the River Station. This is a magnificent building surrounded by green areas. You can buy tickets for a river trip here and go sailing.
Description of the recreation area
Today, the Friendship Park at the River Station has a regular layout.It has enough lawns and flower beds, trees are planted singly and in groups. In the recreation area several ponds, there are beautiful bridges. But modern attractions and entertainment is not here. This is a place for a relaxing family holiday. Here you can walk, play sports, relax, sitting on benches or grass. If you want to go on a “roller coaster” or go to the “Room of Fear”, choose another recreation area. Friendship Park in Moscow boasts modern children's and sports facilities, many interesting monuments here.
Sights and interesting objects
In the park there are many interesting monuments. The “Festival Flower” is considered central - a sculptural composition consisting of figures of young people releasing pigeons. Near the main entrance you can see the monument of the Hungarian-Soviet friendship, it is a gift to the park from the inhabitants of Budapest (1976). The same monument was erected in Budapest itself. Friendship Park at River Station is decorated with two sculptures of Vera Mukhina: “Bread” and “Fertility”. There are other monuments here: “Children of the World,” a memorial to “Soldiers who fell in Afghanistan,” the stele of Nicaragua Carlos Fonseca Amadoru - a fighter for national liberation.The most modern and popular attraction of the park is Alice Selezneva Alley, opened in 2001 with the participation of the author of the work “Alice's Adventures” - Kira Bulycheva and actress Natalia Guseva, who played the main role in the movie “Guest from the Future”. Favorite place for children in the recreation area is the circus tent "Rainbow". Many residents of the capital come here at the weekend. Friendship Park (River Station) holds a variety of activities - it is friendly sports tournaments, concerts and dance evenings, meetings of activists of youth movements. Fans of aero modeling are regularly gathered here. There is a dog walking area in the park, sometimes here you can watch demonstration dog shows or animal shows.
How to get to the Friendship Park?
Drive to the main entrance to the recreation area is not quite easy because of traffic jams. But even if you succeed, be prepared for the fact that the park does not have its own parking. Think in advance where you are ready to leave the car. The best option is to drive in from the side of Festivalnaya Street, here you can find a small parking lot, many motorists park right along the road.An alternative is to turn off the Leningradskoe highway to the Naval highway and leave the car in one of the residential courtyards. What to do if there is no personal car, but I really want to visit the Friendship Park at River Station? How to get here by public transport? The easiest option is to take the metro to Rechnoy Vokzal station, one of its lobbies is located directly in the park. Also near the park there are many stops for ground transportation, there are a variety of routes.