Parks: A project and an application

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Little Croatia in Cracow?!

Winning project Little Croatian in Cracow, with horseshoe shaped walkway

Little Croatia – A superb project, initiated by the Paweł Włodarczyk – Honorary Consul of Croatia in Cracow, is in the making. A group of 25 Croatian and Polish students, mentored by their professors from the Universities of Zagreb, Split, and Cracow, took part in a workshop/competition, from 27th – 31st of March 2017, to reinvent Cracow’s Bagry Wielkie Park. A group of 10 Croatian students, with tutors Prof. Dr. Iva Rechner Dika from the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Zagreb and Professor Ante Kuzmanić from the University of Split, joined their Polish colleagues last week in Cracow.

The most exceptional thing about such collaborations is that you get to see your students adapt to new situations -environment, workflow and people, says Landscape Architecture professor Iva Rechner Dika. For the first time, just last week these students met their Polish colleagues, landscape architects and Croatian studies students in Poland, who joined the project to help out with translations.

Winning project Little Croatian in Cracow, walkway
Winning project Little Croatian in Cracow, walkway over lagoon

The winning project included the proposal of the honorary consul to build an educational path – a walkway resembling the shape of the Croatian border. The students designed structures which feature Croatia’s largest and most popular cities (Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Vukovar, Pula and others), as well as relaxation areas, including benches, lighting and signs which tell the story and history of each Croatian city and its relations with Poland.

View from the future Park Little Croatia on the lagoon, with the overlooking  Wawel castle

Despite the fact that the project initiator has not yet found funds for the parks development, the students and mentors involved all express satisfaction of taking part in such process. The Honorary Consul Paweł Włodarczyk underlined that he saw an opportunity, which allowed him to pursue his ever so strong interest in sharing the two countries joined stories. Włodarczyk will now turn to the City of Cracow for funding of the little Croatia Park. Currently, the Bagry Wielkie Park is a popular destination for Cracow residence, especially during the summer as it is located only 5 km from the city center and has a beach on the lagoon, with a swimming area, sailing and other recreational activities.

Navigating your way through Croatia's National Parks

Croatian national parks have finally cracked the digital age. You can now learn all about them and plan your visit through both a detailed webpage and an app. Both are the result of a joint effort of the of the Environment Protection Ministry and the UNDP within the PARCS project that concludes this year, but what it has left behind has a great future, as it will help visitors from across the globe plan their visits from the comfort of their home, while the app will help them navigate once in the field.

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