Marjan Makeover: 22.5 Million Kuna Project Will Revamp Split’s Famous Forest Park

Daniela Rogulj

A series of new content intended for citizens, visitors, and tourists will make Split’s famous hill even more attractive. 

Once 22.5 million has been invested into Marjan Forest Park, which is the most substantial amount of money ever spent on the famous Split hill, it might be difficult even to recognize what we in Split consider our ‘green lungs of Split.’ The project, which has been made possible with EU funds, will completely revamp one of Split’s favorite attractions, reports on January 23, 2018. 

The ‘Marjan 2020’ project is managed by the public institution ‘Marjan Forest Park,’ in cooperation with the consulting company UHY Counseling and its director Krešimir Budiš. The project was made possible through the development of the ‘Sustainable Forest Park Marjan Study,’ which was also financed by non-refundable funds, and detected the area’s problems which sparked project ideas and outlined the direction of development – of which this project solves a significant part. The project involves the City of Split as a critical infrastructure development partner and the Tourist Board of Split to support the development of tourist presentations. The University Sports Association led the preparation and design of the sport and recreational facilities.

The ‘Marjan 2020’ project brings a series of content intended for visitors, citizens, and tourists which we are confident they will find much more attractive. 

Firstly, the two most expensive segments of the extensive project is the revitalization of the Botanical Garden on the southern slopes of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Split, worth 2.5 million info tables, and the construction of a modern observatory at Sedlo, for which 4.7 million kuna is planned. 

In addition to these two great projects, a whole series of smaller projects will follow. 

Half a million kuna will be used for adapting and equipping the nine stone houses on the hill. The homes are now mostly in poor condition, with collapsed roofs, no windows, damaged walls and no infrastructure connections. The project envisages the restoration of traditional techniques and LED lighting through solar panels located just a few meters away from the homes. At the home of ‘Baba Marta,’ there will be an ecological-educational trail ‘Martin put’ which would point to the traditional features, the richness of the vegetation and the geological characteristics of Marjan and the broader area of the Split basin.

The second thematic educational trail is called ‘The Story of Marjan’ which would entail an info-table which would mark the 14 most significant cultural and historical sights and natural locations of the forest park. The info-table would contain a locality photograph, a name printed with Braille letters, a short bilingual inscription, and a QR code that would include a wider description of the location.

In the ‘Children’s Town’ near the First Peak, the auditorium and open stage will be repaired, as well as the paths and common equipment. Info-tables will be set up, with new educational toys intended for kindergarten and pre-school children, which would stand at about 270,000 kuna. The new content will also include an electric panoramic bus for citizens, visitors and tourists who would travel on the route from St. Francis (Sv. Frane) through the Botanical Garden, the Children’s Town, and back at a price of ten kuna. This will cost 1.3 million kuna. 

There will also be a ‘picnic zone’ at Bene and the First Peak where there will be tables, arranged paths, accessories for the playground, benches, baskets and other equipment – and all visitors will need to bring is a blanket. The adrenaline park, east of the bay of Bene, foresees the installation of a humus layer of soil and the construction of steel structures, which would use 693,000 kuna. 

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