The Green Lungs of the City
|It is easy to imagine how the population of Kharkiv, a gigantic industrial city, would feel themselves without the safe green shield around it - the adjacent forest area which is part of the green zone of the city extending for 30 miles (50 kilometres).|
In absence of a wide and deep river inside the city, to redress the balance there were made river parks, designed by the city architects. Zhuravlevsky river park was created in the late 1950's with the city students taking active part in its construction. Its territory is 467 acres. The river banks are lined with weeping willows, groups of birch trees are spectacularly scattered on the territory of the park, pine and larch plantations, cool lime alleys protect the resting people in the summer heat. The centre of the park corresponds to an artificial see covering several dozens of acres, which lies next to Saltovka district. In 1967, on the banks of the Udy river there was created October river park, the territory is almost 225 acres. It has bathing places equipped with modern services and utilities, a sport area, willow, birch tree, maple, pine, oak, poplar plantations. In the early 1960's, Osnovyansky river park was created on the bank of a lake which has an island in the middle of it and which is situated in Chervonozavodskoy district (south-west of Kharkiv). This park joined up with the surrounding forests. At the same time in 1962-1966, in Alekseyevka there was created Lugopark along the Lopan watercourse. In the main, the people of Leninsky and Dzerzhinsky districts took part in its construction. The park covers 300 acres.