Vake park is a large 200 hectare urban public park build in soviet classical style in 1946 in Tbilisi, Georgia. This park was designed by architect K. Dgebuadze and dendrologist N. Tsitsishvili. It was know as Victory Park and a huge staircase leading to 28 meter high monument with was created in 1981 by architects V. Alexi-Meskhishvili, K. Nakhutsrishvili, sculptor G. Ochiauri).
How To Reach Vake Park
Park is located in Vake district at the western end of Ilia Chavchavadze Avenue. Bus No 61, 87, 88 and 140 has regular service from Shota Rustaveli Avenue and it takes about 30 minutes. Taxi hired (through app based taxi provider Taxify or Yandex) from Old Tbilisi or Shota Rustaveli will cost about 4 to 6 GEL depending on route taken and time of the day. The nearest metro station is Delisi which is 1.5 kilometers away from Vake park.
Entry Fee and Timing
Vake park is a public park and entry is free. It is open everyday for people to visit and there are lots of public performances are organized in the park. There is a cable car going to Turtle lake and one way ticket cost 1 GEL (US$ 0.40). The cable car operates from 8 am to 10 pm and payment can be made by unified transport card known as Metro Card or in cash.
Things to See and Do in Vake Park
Vake park is a beautiful public park visited by tourists and locals alike. The wooded area is dotted with hundreds of thousands of conifers, deciduous fruit trees and shrubs. Here people come to enjoy a walk in the wooded area and visit the top for a spectacular view of the city. There are several amusement rides and play area for children.
It is common site to see children roller skating on flat surface, people jogging, taking a stroll or exercising on machines provided for free in few areas. There is also a tennis court and basketball ground. There are several restaurants and cafes in the vicinity of park. In summer few places in the eastern side of the park act as beer garden.
There are cultural events, musical performance organized in the park on regular basis. On 9th of May world war II veterans congregates in this park and public celebrations are held in honor of those who sacrificed their lives during the war. In addition, there is an ethnographic museum located at foothills of the park and accessible via 20 minutes brisk walk through the woods.
It is possible to walk from Vake park to Turtle lake (30 minutes hike) or take cable car for 1 GEL and continue journey to Mtatsminda park. The long and winding 5 kilometer route offers good view of the city from different angles.
In 2017, city announced plan to merge Vake park and Turtle lake area into a giant cultural and recreational area.
Dangers and Annoyances
The park is very safe for visitors. However, the steps leading to the monuments are in need of repair. It can be slippery during the rainy season. One may encounter snakes in the park while walking through the wooded area. Most of the snake species are not poisonous but it is always a good idea to take picture of the snake if bitten.