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Factory Converted for Leisure Pursuits

Published: June 25, 2014 (Issue # 1817)



  • Taking inspiration from New Holland Island, Petrovsky Arsenal offers locals a variety of recreational activities.
    Photo: Petrovsky Arsenal

On June 21, a new temporary recreation area called Petrovsky Arsenal opened on the shores of the Gulf of Finland in Sestroretsk, a town in the Kurortny district, located 34 kilometers northwest of St. Petersburg.

Following the concept of New Holland island, a popular but now closed recreation area located in the city center, Petrovsky Arsenal offers locals a park, a library, an open-air reading hall, a gallery, an eco-market, a small petting zoo and cafes, as well as a number of sporting activities such as renting a bike and playing football, volleyball and tennis.

The location is a good fit for an open-air area for relaxation, said Julia Ipatova, advertising and marketing manager for Jensen Group, the development company behind the recreation project. The rich historical heritage of this place is also another attraction for locals to spend their summer days in the Kurortny district, she said.

It was here in 1714 that Peter the Great decided to build a second Peterhof, a project that was never completed due to lack of resources. An arms factory was then built in the area, operating throughout the Soviet era.

Jensen Group, who by 2003 owned the area, submitted plans in 2006 to redevelop the area with a number of commercial and residential buildings, which will house a school, restaurants, cafes, sports clubs and shops while maintaining the areas historical sites. While waiting for approval from a number of authorities and organizations, Jensen Group decided to find a way to still utilize the area over the summer and hopes the temporary leisure park will attract increased interest in the area and their future development plans from potential buyers.

We are now seeing more leisure areas open in both Moscow and St. Petersburg, all of which have become popular with locals, so we are sure that our new summer project will also be just as popular with both St. Petersburg and Sestroretsk residents, said Ipatova.

Petrovsky Arsenal will remain open throughout the summer until the beginning of autumn and will remain open for Sestroretsks 300th anniversary celebrations on Sept. 7, when the area will be the location for the main events. If approved, Jensen Groups development project in the area will begin once the park closes. If the plans are delayed, Petrovsky Arsenal will open again as a leisure park next summer.

The proposed development project will help the local economy in the Sestroretsk by offering more jobs to locals. As a development company, we see this project as a social one, not just as a commercial one, said Ipatova.

Entry into Petrovsky Arsenal is free and open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and until 11 p.m. on weekends and holidays.





 

ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Sept. 3


Although the Peter and Paul Fortress sand sculptures are more central and therefore more visible to the throngs of tourists, the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburgs own collection closes today. The World Collection of Sand Sculptures that have been on display at the park reaches its final day, so fans of the classic beach activity should get there while they can.



Thursday, Sept. 4


Vladimir I. Danchenkov, Head of Baltic Customs, will be in attendance during AmChams Customs and Transportation Committee Meeting convening this afternoon at the organizations office near St. Isaacs Square at 3 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 5


Scrabble lovers and chess masters get their chance to assert their intellectual dominance at the return of the British Book Centers Board Game Evenings tonight. Held weekly on Friday nights, the event gives both board game lovers and those hoping to improve their English the chance to meet, greet and compete. Check out the centers VK page for more details.



Saturday, Sept. 6


Athletes will relish the chance to get the latest gear and try out something new at I Choose Sport, an annual event at Lenexpo forum that plans to welcome more than 30,000 people this week to the international exhibition center. Not only will visitors get to try their hand at various athletic endeavors but they will also be able to peruse equipment that can fulfill their dreams of becoming a champion.


Local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg open their season this evening at home against Lokomotiv Yarovslavl at the Ice Palace arena next to the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. See their website for a full schedule and available tickets.



Sunday, Sept. 7


Check out retro and antique cars at Fort Konstantin on Kronstadt Island in the Gulf of Finland at FORTuna, a yearly car festival that highlights the eccentricities of the Soviet automobile industry. A car race, contests and a stunt show will give visitors a chance to rev their engines.



Monday, Sept. 8


This evening marks the opening of the two-week ballet festival High Season at the Mikhailovsky Theater. Check the theaters website for more details about performances and featured dancers.



Tuesday, Sept. 9


Discuss the latest news and issues at the AmCham Hazardous Waste Management Roundtable this morning in the Tango Conference Hall of the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge on Birzhevoy Pereulok. Starting at 9 a.m., planned topics include the Krasny Bor landfill and waste transportation between Russia and Finland.


Learn more about the citys modern architectural trends at the SPIBA Real Estate and Construction Committees meeting on the topic Contemporary Petersburg Style: What is It? Participants will get the chance to discuss whats in-demand with RBI Holdings Irina Petrova and Lubava Pryanikova, and the current state of the local real estate market. Please confirm your attendance by Sept. 5 through SPIBAs website if you wish to attend.



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