There are two things that made our trip to Ekaterininsky park a little bit more special than most. Firstly, it has a number of really pretty little buildings which makes the walk among the trees and shrubs more interesting, and secondly (and the big draw for our toddler in particular!) is the pond with the ducks.
It is the only pond I have found in Moscow where the banks aren’t too steep so you can walk down closer to the water and stand on a narrow path to feed the ducks. We hadn’t thought to bring any bread but Little Pickle got very excited watching another lady throw food for them. Next time we’ll certainly bring some along some ourselves. Signs suggested that there were boats on the pond in the summer (I couldn’t see any but we went on a chilly day at the start of September* so we may have missed them) and that there would be an ice-skating rink in the winter.
There is also a children’s play area with several climbing frames which our two enjoyed. Actually to be more specific, Beanie-boy ran around telling off the bigger lads while threatening to send them to jail! I’m not sure what they made of it, particularly given that he only knows a few words of Russian, but he had a marvellous time.
PS: There are toilets at the park and stalls selling snacks, but as we were hungry for lunch we went to the very child-friendly Café Anderson on Gilyaovskogo Ulitsa which is just a 10-15 minute walk away.
The park is situated on Olimpiyskiy Prospect and you can find it on my map here.
*Due to a technical glitch the date at the top of the page reads December 2015 when we actually visited in September!