New Moscow park brings 'wilderness' to the city center

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Posted: Sep 09, 2017 11:51 AM
New Moscow park brings 'wilderness' to the city center

MOSCOW (AP) — With a visit from President Vladimir Putin, Moscow has inaugurated an innovative 32-acre (13-hectare) park that mimics features of Russia's landscape on land where a notoriously unsightly hotel once sprawled.

The Zaryadye Park's opening Saturday came as part of observances commemorating Moscow's 870th anniversary. The park includes artificial micro-climate areas with plants representing Russia's steppes, tundra, wetlands and forests.

The site, about 200 meters east of the Kremlin along the Moscow River, once held the immense Rossiya Hotel, a 1960s Soviet hulk that once was the world's largest hotel with some 3,000 rooms.

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The new park was designed by the American architecture practice Diller Scofidio and Renfro, which called the park's concept "wild urbanism."