This park is gradually returning to its past splendor, when its ponds were thronged with boaters, and aristocratic families strolled its winding lanes and rolling hills. Now it's one of the few good places to take kids near the city center, with a skating rink and sledding slopes in winter, a carousel and other rides, and plenty of woodland to frolic in. Some of the grounds are in disrepair, with chipped alleys and rusted fences. The park, originally a private garden for Catherine the Great's adviser and lover Grigory Potemkin, reflects Catherine's informal landscaping style, in contrast to the rigidity of Peter's Summer Gardens. The gardens host open-air jazz festivals during the White Nights and other concerts throughout the summer.