27 thoughts on “The 60s’ Gorky Park In Moscow”

  1. At the very least, the bumper cars are American. The intructions on the sign say “GAS” and “STOP” (photo 21). The British would not have used the word “GAS” and the Soviets would not have put English on their bumper cars’ control pedals.

  2. These rides appear to have been made by Irvin Leisure based in London, UK.

    I doubt that American companies would have been the supplier of this fair during the Cold War era.

    Plus, they don’t look American to my eye. Maybe someone can give us an exact accounting.

    • I knew someone would write some words from that song 🙂

      I think the Buran space shuttle was in that park for a while.

      Park Gorkey

    • I knew someone would write some words from that song 🙂

      I think the Buran space shuttle was in that park for a while.

      Park Gorky

  3. Maybe those rides did come from the United States,but not directly from the United States.It is interesting,all of the rides are in a park in my state.I am surprised to see the Jet star 2 in Russia,and musik instead of music.

    • but it says “Walking in Gorky Park in Moscow, late 60’s @ Orlov Evgeniy” on the pics, so either you are wrong, or the author lied to us.

  4. This is definitely the late 60’s (the park looked the same in the 70’s too). The rollercoaster ride was there for as long as I remember it, and that goes back to mid 70’s at least. By the way, the ride was called “Americanskie gorkie” (“American rides” essentially), and it was believed that they were actually American-made. Bumper cars were enormously popular among us kids but nobody referred to them as “American”, so I’m not sure about those. The Gorky Park was a very nice place back then. Very clean, safe, and fun. There were lots of food there too. You could even buy a beer with a sausage or kebab or shrimp, but there were no drunks as the police was watching for them. On top of it, the park is conveniently located in the center of Moscow. This was my favorite amusement park when I was a kid. Today, we have nothing even close.

  5. That reminds me of amusement parks from my childhood. Sadly enough, most kids would be bored in places like these nowadays.

  6. They look similar to Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio) about the same time, except these images are all out of focus.

    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1364/782590278_bf018fc428.jpg?v=0

    http://www.karenandjay.com/trips/kenny804/turnpike.jpg

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