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27 April 2012

Park Kultury to open after reconstruction

   The reconstruction of Park Kultury station (Circle line) hampered by supplier’s late delivery of escalators is finally coming to an end. Passengers will be able to use the renovated station starting from 5:35 a.m. on April 28, 2012.
   Much work has been carried out since the station was closed. The old escalators have been replaced with the new ones, the vestibule of the station has been redecorated, new turnstiles have been installed. All cable routes, ventilation shafts and pipelines have been replaced and intrusion detectors have been installed. The vestibule now complies with fire safety norms and regulations and features modern signaling and fire extinguishing systems.
   The station was inaugurated on January 1, 1950 as the first section of the Circle line running from Park Kultury to Kurskaya. The station got its name after the nearby Maxim Gorky Park of Culture and Leisure.
   The station features massive grey marble pylons. The floor riveted with grey granite looks like a carpet. The track walls are faced with black marble and labradorite. The pylons are decorated with 26 white marble bas-reliefs depicting the life of Soviet young people (sculptor I.Rabinovich). Twelve bas-reliefs are duplicated, i.e. repeated in the central and station halls. The vaulted ceiling of the ground-level vestibule has four bas-reliefs showing sportsmen at rest (sculptor G.Molotovilov). There is one more bas-relief over the pavilion exit. The station shares a ground-level vestibule with the namesake station on Sokolnicheskaya line.
   Over 100.000 people use the station every day.
   The replacement of escalators at Park Kultury station is just another stage of Moscow metro stations and ticket halls reconstruction programme. The escalators have already been replaced at the following stations: Avtozavodskaya, Novokuznetskaya, Belorusskaya (radial line), Dinamo, Teatral’naya, Chistye Prudy, Krasnye Vorota, Kurskaya (radial line), Paveletskaya, Ploshchad’ Revolutsii, Lubyanka, Okhotny Ryad, Semenovskaya, Mayakovskaya, Taganskaya (Circle line), Arbatskaya (radial line) and Dobryninskaya and Elektrozavodskaya, Kurskaya (Circle line), Oktyabrskaya (Circle line) and in the passageway connecting Circle and Zamoskvoretskaya lines at Belorusskaya station.
   The works at Medvedkovo and Babushkinskaya stations are to be completed soon. In the next three years, escalators will be replaced at VDNkH, Botanichesky Sad, Krasnye Vorota,  Baumanskaya, Prospekt Mira (Circle line), Rizhskaya, Frunzenskaya, Kievskaya (Circle line), Novoslobodskaya, Smolenskaya and Sportivnaya stations.


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