ASTANA – Parks become attractive places in the summer where people can spend an hour or two or even a whole day with family or friends. The capital’s green and picturesque open spaces are perfect for those looking for some peace and quiet in the city.
The metropolitan parks will become even more beautiful and modern this year with the addition of events devoted to EXPO 2017.
Huge and centrally located, Stolichniy (Capital) Park is the best place for family recreation. It not only features beautiful architecture and landscape, but also quite a bit of entertainment for children and adults. The park is divided into six sections: a waterside, central alley, composition of four rock shelters with a mosaic interior, fountain and area of Olympians. Stolichniy offers plenty of things to do and activities to enjoy.
Arai Park is a delightful place adjacent to the Yessil River. Thanks to beautiful natural landscapes and sculptures, the area has become something more than just a spot to relax from a bustling city. Visitors can find yurts of different sizes, horse herds and ethnic details of Kazakh culture.
Zheruyik Park, another of the city’s picturesque spots, allows visitors to rest in the cool shade of its trees and freshness of its grass. Located along Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Avenue at the intersection with Magzhan Zhumabayev Avenue, it features a monument honouring the 28 Panfilov Guardsmen. Convenient driveways and parking lots, proximity to residential areas, magnificent nature, picturesque views and the availability of necessary infrastructure make this place an attractive spot for a variety of family leisure activities.
Far from walking paths, one can have a picnic under the trees. The park is also a great place to play active games.
The park near the Palace of Peace and Harmony is another of the capital’s green islands. It is the perfect spot for romantic walks, relaxing with a picnic and watching a fascinating view of the city decorated at night with colourful lights.
This summer, park visitors will witness entertainment programmes devoted to EXPO 2017. The exhibition’s theme of future energy will be reflected in the design of the pavilions and park areas. Fans of robots and street dances, for example, will enjoy a show with a futuristic production featuring dancing artists in LED suits. A variety of performances will be held every day until Sept.10.
The capital has 10 parks with an area of 401,290 hectares, four boulevards measuring 30 hectares and 90 squares totalling 131,940 hectares.