ZIL is one of the oldest automotive companies in Russia. The plant was founded in 1916 as part of the government program to create the automotive industry in Russia.
ZIL specialized in the production of trucks with a gross weight from 6.95 tons to 14.5 tons, small buses 6.6-7.9 meters long and executive cars.
As of 2011, the company was in deep crisis, a significant part of the production area was destroyed. In 2013, production at the plant was stopped.
Currently, residential areas are being built here, the construction of a sports cluster is being completed, the construction of the roads, park areas, the embankment. In fact, a city of 77 thousand inhabitants will be here soon.
It is a very unusual feeling here now, the mixture of past and present, where old soviet industrial buildings stand along with new high-risers.
A Unique park on the territory of former ZIL plant named after Likhachev is now opened for the visitors. Park "Tufeleva Roscha" is ten hectares of well-maintained public space close to the center of Moscow.
The park was designed by Dutch-American landscape designer and urbanist Jerry Van Eyck. "Tufeleva Roscha" is a green park. About 3.5 thousand trees and shrubs were planted. It is decorated with flowers, a 3 sq. km pond with pure water suitable to drinking.
The main attraction of the park is a 1.5-km long pergola. It also serves as a viewing point for visitors to enjoy the entire park. A unique artificial canopy passes through the entire park, symbolizing the factory assembly line, which associatively refers to the history of the ZIL.