The Central Park of Culture covers an area of 42 hectares and is located in the Medeu district of Almaty, in the floodplain of the Malaya Almatinka River. The central entrance to the park is located at the intersection of Gogol and Buzurbaev streets.
The place known to Almaty residents as Gorky Park, appeared in our city even during the formation of the Verny military fortification. In the Central Culture and Leisure Park, you can find things to do for the whole family and spend the whole day here. Guests of the park are charged with adrenaline on the attractions, breathe fresh air walking along the green alleys, dive into the prehistoric past of the planet at Dinopark, have the opportunity to ride on the catamarans and boats along the inland water basin and open the swimming season in the Aquapark. In addition, there are many shopping areas with cool drinks, delicious ice cream and cotton candy. Local cafes offer both light snacks and a varied menu. Do not forget about the "Nemo" Dolphinarium, which was specially designed for children and their parents to produce spectacular show programs with the participation of marine animals. And also in the outskirts of the park there is a summer theater "Shabyt", on the stage of which various festivals and concerts of the city format are held.
The opening hours and the cost of admission to the Dolphinarium, Aquapark and Dinopark should be specified in advance. The Central Culture and Leisure Park is open around the clock, the entrance to its territory is free, the attractions are paid separately and operate from 11.00 to 22.00.
Planning a leisure time in the Central Culture and Leisure Park, visit the pond. Be sure to ride with family and friends on catamarans and rowing boats. But there is the limit here. The places in the catamarans are designed for 1 child and 1 adult, and in boats, adults should be more for one person than children. Remember, it is strictly prohibited to litter, break branches of trees, tear flowers, swim in the lake and feed local animals in the park.
How to get there?
The Central Culture and Leisure Park is in the heart of the historic part of the city on Gogol Street, 1.
1. For ease of movement, public transport can be used. It is easy to get to the destination by bus №118 and trolleybuses №1, №12, №25.
2. If you have a car, then near the central entrance to the park there are parking lots.
3. For hiking, we recommend to arrange an interesting route, because on the way to the park you can see the historical architecture of the city, walk through the 28 Panfilov’s Guardsmen Park or go down the river Terrenkur.
Previously, the park area was 100 hectares of land, and today it has shrunk to 42 hectares. But, as they say, the size is not the main thing.
The park opened its doors back in 1856 on the initiative of the scientist-horticulturist G. Krishtopenko and in those days it was a state garden intended for horse walks of the Verhny military garrison officers. Since 1882, enterprising Eduard Baum and other forestry scientists have carefully planted in the park various coniferous types of wood and brought deciduous trees, turning the park into a real forest nursery. After a while, already in 1934, the park was reconstructed, became the property of the state and then the first attractions appeared here.
All rides were updated in 2007, with new entertainment zones opened and the existing spaces upgraded. So there have appeared Dinopark and the rope town "Bambu".
Specially for bicyclists, two two-way bicycle paths with a length of 800 and 1300 meters were opened. But, if you forget your bike at home, it does not matter. In the park there is a rental point for bicycles, skateboards and velomobiles.
In Soviet times, a monument to Maxim Gorky was erected in the park, but it was moved to the square, which is located behind the cinema "Sary Arka" in the territory of Family Park. This is explained by the fact that during the reconstruction of the park the monument was damaged and a decision was made to restore and transfer it, and in its place to create a decorative composition in the national style.