The Chernoye Ozero Park (the Black Lake Park) is the heart of Kazan, its history goes back to the 18th century. The Park is located in the historical and business center of the city, not far from the Kazan Kremlin and higher education institutions.
In the western part of the park there is a pond which in winter turns into a skating rink with skate rental. In the eastern part of the park there is a garden with the main entrance under a "romantic" Arch of Lovers. The arch has an elliptical shape, which gives it an interesting acoustic effect: if two people stand on opposite sides of the arch and whisper into the inner niches of the dome, they can hear each other perfectly. The most common words spoken are confessions of love, hence the name.
The Park got the name after a lake which was in this area long ago. Many legends are associated with the lake's name; according to one of them, the lake was named "black" because of pollution accumulated therein. Another one says that the name was given because black swans were spending their time in it. The park even has sculptures of these birds.
It is known that in the late 19th century, the park was one of the main places for festivities for Kazan citizens who were attracted by music in the evenings. The park had one of the most popular restaurants in Kazan at that time and a number of pavilions with photos by well-known authors. In the summer there was a fountain, and in winter, instead of the fountain, there was an ice rink.
In September 2016 the park was partially rebuilt. The main attraction of the park - the Arch of Lovers - was renovated, as well as the central staircase.
Take bus 28, 28A or 89 to stop Ploshad Svobody; or take bus 54, 35 or 10 to stop University.