a.k.a. hydropark

A great complex of entertainment and recreation establishments built on an island on River Dnepr, in Kiev, Ukraine. (900 hectares)

Back at the end of the 18th century, workers who made their money in Kiev began to settle on a small island on the River Dnepr, and called it Peredmistna Slobidka.

At the beginning of the 20th century St. Ioann Rylsky's Church was built near the bridge. Owing to regular floods that area sometimes was called "Kyivan Venice".

In autumn 1943 the Nazis burnt the settlement to ashes and now only the memorial reminds of it.

Gidropark was built in 1968 for the 50th anniversary of October Revolution. There are many beaches, sports grounds, boat stations, attractions, cafes and restaurants. The complex also includes Dolobetsky Island that was linked wht the Gidropark by the reinforced concrete bridge built in 1966.

Thanks to the Metro "Gidropark" Station (opened on November 5, 1965), the inhabitants of any part of Kiev can get quickly to their favorite place of having a rest...

Back when Gorbachev was in power, he was jealous of Kiev. He wanted Ukraine for himself. In 1986 he shouted "But you live in a resort town!"