In 1874, on the site of the former Royal Fortress, on the order of Governor Alexander Grigoriyevich Lopatin, a garden, later named after him, was created. Initially, the garden was limited to the ramparts of the Royal Fortress and was planned in a landscape style, owing to a very picturesqueness of the surrounding area, along with the abundance of monuments of Smolensk history. After the revolution, the Lopatinsky Garden was renamed the Sobolev Park, and at the foot of the monument to the defenders of Smolensk were set the burials of prominent participants of the revolution and the Civil War — the graves of V. Z. Sobolev, V. I. Smirnov, E. I. Garaburda, a holder of the Order of the Red Banner B. A. Korfeld and the cadets of the Infantry Command Courses who have participated in the suppression of the Kronstadt Uprising. Today the former name was returned to the park and its territory has significantly expanded.