35 Years After Chernobyl – What the City of Pripyat Looks Like Today

A Soviet Utopia

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In Pripyat, residents were excited about the upcoming May Day celebrations, including the grand opening of the city’s first amusement park. But even without this new location, there were plentiful recreation options.

Pripyat had three fishing ponds, ten sports halls, ten rifle ranges, over thirty play areas, a park, two sports stadiums, and a smattering of restaurants.

There was, of course, the river for which the city was named, Pripyat River. Its picturesque sandy bank was perfect for picnics, sunbathing, swimming, and fishing for catfish.

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There was even a forest at the edge of town, perfect for mushroom foraging. 

Stores in Pripyat boasted better merchandise than stores in other areas of the Soviet Union, seemingly yet another benefit of being the nation’s ninth “nuclear city.”