Hydropark Metro Station
Photo Series ~ Reminisces of Summers Past.
This series is not to mourn the passing of this summer, for it's passing was expected and anticipated. No, it's to mourn those aspects of summer which never began; those places and things that last saw summer use many years or decades ago, but are now forgotten or neglected.
Reminisces of Summers Past. Seeing things as they are now and imagining them as they were then.
Hydropark Metro Station, a Sunday in July
Hidropark (Ukrainian: Гiдропарк; Russian: Гидропарк Gidropark) is a station on the Kiev Metro's Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska Line.
It opened on November 5, 1965 as part of the construction of the Brovarsky radius. The station is situated on the Hidropark island. Unpopulated and not used for housing, it was transformed by the station into a summer resort for Kievans when it fell in between the future line to Darnytsia and the new Brovary avenue that ran parallel to it.
Such planning is explained in the seasonal operation timetable which make the station rather distinctive. During the summer months it receives quite a moderate passenger traffic, particularly on weekends and public holidays. During the winter months there have been known instances when not a person would get on or off the station for whole weeks. There have even been attempts for the station to be skipped during peak hours.
In its appearance, the station is a typical example of the 1960s policy on Soviet public architecture. In fact, the station demonstrates its fully, minimise costs, simplicity (hence being surface level) and astetic appearance (architects I.Maslenkov and V.Bohdanovsky). A lone grey granite faced platform with a concrete hinged roof is supported by green ceramic tiled pillars. The only decoration that prevents the station from losing its face completely are small ceramic flower motifes on the top of the pillars. Entrances and exits come from two vestibules that are located under the platform and connected with large subways that run underneath the station and the Brovary avenue.
A unique feature of the station is that in addition, it has a second southern platform that would have allowed a quicker unload of passengers from the centrebound areas. However, its use has been discontinued in 1985 and in turn a second, western vestibule was built in 1990. However, during the winter months it is closed and the space is used otherwise.
Do note the open doors. The station is not closed. It's just very lightly used. Also note the steps on the far left of the photo. These steps are no longer used.
~~ Coming soon. Photo Series ~ A Month of HDR (M,W,F) ~~
by Matt Shalvatis - Roads Less Traveled Photography