Putin is behind one of the most expensive parks in the world -- take a look

Iwan BaanZaryadye is Moscow’s first major park in 50 years.

As Moscow’s oldest neighbourhood outside the Kremlin, Zaryadye has seen many changes in the last eight centuries. It has served as the home of 16th century aristocrats, a Jewish enclave in the 19th century, a scrapped plan to build Moscow’s tallest skyscraper, and the world’s largest (and now demolished) hotel.

In 2006, the hotel, called Rossiya, was bulldozed, and the site remained mostly abandoned for years.

But after Russian President Vladmir Putin walked around the area in 2012, he enlisted the city’s mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, to help turn the grounds into a massive park. It opened in November 2017, though a glass concert hall that’s part of the new park is still under construction.

With a pricetag of up to$US480 million, Zaryadye Park is now one of the most expensive parks in the world.

Take a look below.

In late 2017, Zaryadye Park opened in the heart of Russia’s capital. New York-based architects from¬†Diller Scofidio + Renfro¬† — the same firm behind Manhattan’s High Line — designed the 32-acre site.

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The park’s main feature is its floating pedestrian walkway.

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Zaryadye is Moscow’s first major park in 60 years. The last was Soviet Friendship Park, a grassy site that boasts historic sculptures, built in 1957.

It also includes a restaurant, a market, an open-air museum with multimedia exhibits of Moscow’s history, an outdoor amphitheater that can seat 5,000 people …

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… as well as what the architects call four “micro-climates.” The microclimates — called tundra, steppe, forest, and marsh — each include a different view of the nearby Kremlin.

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A large glass concert hall will open in spring 2018.

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As one of the world’s most expensive parks, the project has faced criticism from residents and local politicians about its cost. Some argue that the park only benefits a small part of central Moscow, while several post-Soviet suburbs are in need of serious redevelopment.

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However, proponents say that the park will make Moscow more pedestrian-friendly.

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“Zaryadye Park is the missing link that completes the collection of world-famous monuments and urban districts forming central Moscow,” the park’s architects wrote.

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