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Victory Park of Stavropol
The Victory Park, which is located within the borders of Stavropol, can be
called one the brightest examples of a mutual symbiosis of economics and ecology.
The area of one of the biggest park in the North-Caucasus federal district is
about 200 hectares. The unique feature of the park is that it is harmoniously
built in the forest area.
The forest requires constant care, hence, significant capital costs. This
mission is given to the Union of consumers societies “Stavropol parks of culture
and leisure”, and it is successfully carried out. On the other hand, the abundance
of green plants, clean air, unbelievable natural and man-made wonders, in addition
to ability to fix your health, food from different parts of the world.
In 2008 The Victory Park was recognized as the best Russian park and received
the “Crystal Wheel” prize. Not long before, in 2002, The Victory Park received
the highest rank from international specialists and was awarded “Golden Pony”
- European “Oscar” in the park industry.
By definition, a park of culture and leisure is a creative centre of relaxation
and entertainment industry within the natural environment. The condition of
the environment is the main feature of a park. The biggest part of the park
is occupied with relict forest, ecological paths and alleys, lawns and fountains,
as well as sport grounds.
The nature here is the master. Environmental protection is an issue of the main
importance for the park administration. That is why, The Victory Park is proud
of the medal it has received for the ecological achievements.
The park has its own department which is responsible for the landscape design,
a greenhouse has been built. Every year new trees are planted on suitable sites.
Especially for this purpose a plant and seed fund has been organized. Precious
tree species can be found here: oak, ash, beech, maple, hornbeam, linden, as
well as many other flowers which are in the “Red Book”. In order to provide
decent security the park has its own security service. When the park blossoms,
many international guests come to visit and see this miracle. Natural landscape
has also flowerbeds and flower-gardens. By the way, the area of flowerbeds is
the same as in Stavropol itself. Many of them are made with the help of park
sculptures. The decoration of flowerbeds is performed with phyto and landscape
design. “It is beautiful here not only in summer, as most people think, but
also in autumn” says the head of “Stavropol parks of culture and leisure” Viktor
Bondarenko. “The peak of blossoming of our flowerbeds is in the middle of September,
the time of the “The City Day”. We didn’t arrange it deliberately, to be honest,
it is a historical fact. There is always something to look at for guests and
Stavropol residents during the golden time!”
The main feature of the park is that it is happy to greet guests all year round.
There is everything necessary in any season, as for relaxed and active rest.
Families are the main visitors at the same time outside the family framework
anyone can find an entertainment for the soul. For the elder generation there
are symphonic orchestras and discos for the younger ones. There are no contradictions,
on the contrary, the link between time and generations can be felt in the air.
Park administration is receiving many thanks as from the residents as from guests
for the entertainment organization. The authors’ age is from 12 to 85.
More and more people take up sport, and it is the basis of park’s activity.
Playgrounds, sport equipment, ping-pong and tennis, volleyball and street ball,
bowling and mini-golf, karting and bicycles, sport shooting and paintball, badminton
and air hockey, arm wrestling and weigh-lifting, tanning salon etc. Not all
of them are the sources of income, many sites are of social importance. Chess
pavilions are not only sport centers but also places for people to meet and
socialize. Special place is given to the horse riding club, its expenses were
offset by the park administration. There are many interenough water for everybody.
There are many extreme slides for every taste, heated pools and Siberian sauna.
Unlike any other parks, active lifestyle doesn’t stop here neither in autumn
nor in winter. An Ice Rink is extremely popular among Stavropol residents as
well as guests. Due to the modern technologies it is open not only in winter
but also during relatively warm seasons. Stavropol has other Ice kinks but they
are indoors. Ice skating under the forest trees and fresh air is a great pleasure
which can not be compared to anything else. There are comfortable changing rooms,
Ice skating rentals and a cafe. The rink has the first in the city Ice hockey
and Ice skating school.
While describing this amazing place, it is impossible not to mention the park’s
Zoo. It is loved by many park guests. Many outdoor and indoor yards for animals
and birds are located on three hectares of land. Lions and bears, wolves and
foxes, deer and camels, monkeys and peacocks, crocodiles and pythons as well
as many other species of traditional and exotic fauna found their shelter. Veterinarian
hospital is equipped with the most modern facilities. It has its own operating
room and the x-ray.
Park’s nurslings make visitors happy with their progenies. Especial gratitude
is experienced by the youngsters. Four baby lions have appeared in the Zoo,
which is a rare thing in captivity. Communicating with animals helps to cope
with stress and tension and breeds love to the nature. Different events and
excursions are held for kinder gardens and schools of Stavropol and surrounding
areas. Many excursions are made for orphanages in the region according to the
program of “Stavropol parks of culture and leisure”.
“We are not only nature contemplators, but also its assistants”, says Viktor
Bondarenko. “And I see our main goal as to append to as many people as possible
nature and ecological movement. Our hope is our children. You should see the
sparks in their eyes when they visit our park! They are happy not only with
the rollercoasters, but also with the nature. We will do our best to make the
Victory Park not only a place for entertainment but also a centre for ecological
culture and healthy relaxation”.