Two rare black-necked swans settle into Moscow

Gorky Park may be trying hard to lose its image as an amusement park, but it has just acquired a new pair of attractions – two rare black-necked swans.

The birds are native to South America, but this couple was raised in Russia. They were given to Gorky by private owners.

The birds are swimming around the park’s 200-year-old Golitsinsky Pond.

With new owners in charge, Gorky Park is now undergoing a major revamp, scheduled to be completed in five years.

Although the picture-postcard view with roller-coaster rides on the bank of the Moskva River is about to become part of history, the park still has plenty on offer.

“If we’re talking in terms of large recreation zones, this project can be compared to France’s Disneyland,” Konstantin Kovalev, managing partner of the Blackwood realty agency, told RT. “It should have a hotel and many leisure zones for different ages.”

Among Gorky Park’s other recently-built sites is a city beach right on the riverbank of Moskva River, which is already decorated for the cause: there is a range of beautiful pots with olive trees bought in Italy.

The park has also rolled out a new action-packed sports program for the next three months. You can attend free yoga lessons and take part in dance and fitness classes led by one of Russia’s top gyms.

In addition, the park now boasts free Wi-Fi areas, as well as bike rental, which costs 200 rubles per hour per bike.

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