Where can you find a giant concert piano, a playground and a maze made of woods and ropes, a tubular concert hall, and round stones looking like stone trolls from Disney’s “Frozen”? Nowhere, you say? Actually, there is a place where all of these things come together. It is called Rike Park, and you can find it in Tbilisi, on the bank of the Mtkvari river.
Rike Park is considered to be the youngest recreational area in Tbilisi. During the last decades of the 20th century it usually hosted the annual Day of the City, also known as Tbilisoba. In the early 2000s it was renovated and very soon became one of the most popular spots in Tbilisi.
Of course, the best time to visit the park is in late spring and summer when it is covered in greenery and flowers. Besides all the attractions I’ve mentioned already, it has a singing fountain, well-paved lanes suitable for skaters, and you can play a game of chess with a large chess set.
In summer, a lot of concerts and performances take place in Rike Park, while in October, following the long-term tradition, it hosts Tbilisoba. During the city’s birthday celebration, there are a lot of exhibitions, bazaars, and other interesting activities in the park.