The Chernoye Ozero (Black Lake) park is located in the downtown area, in the close proximity of the Musa Jalil Opera and Ballet Theatre and the main building of Kazan Federal University. This park has been recently renovated under a government program, which is why it has the look of a very modern area for walks and leisure.
The entrance to the park is marked by the "Lovers' Arch". It is a popular belief that if two people stand inside niches on two opposite sides of it and one of them whispers a word, the other person will hear it. This acoustic experiment is a favourite entertainment of young citizens and tourists. If you get a chance to be there, do not forget to check whether it really works.
In the central part of the park you will find an open amphitheatre and a square with a colonnade in front of it. During the warm season this is a popular venue for concerts and festivals. The park has a lot of benches that can be used to get some rest from the hustle and bustle of the city in the shade of the trees. The park also contains several well-designed playgrounds for children and a body exercise equipment area.