Before the start of the Gyumri Friendship Park
reconstruction project, only a few young people in Gyumri could answer the question where the Friendship Park or "Antari Sad" ("the park of the forest") – as dubbed by Gyumri's senior residents - was located.
"One can say the whole Gyumri was in a weird chaotic state in our childhood years. Perhaps, some mentioned the park, but I cannot memorise it. Over the years, we started loving more what we have and being more attentive, and we found out that this area was a park," says co-founder of "Gyumri is Our Home" initiative Arsen Vardanyan.
It was owing to the renovation and reconstruction started in the past 2 years that the young people discovered the past of this area equal to 10 professional football fields. As for the older generation, every mention of the park sparks vivid memories.