On the initiative of Pawel Wlodarczyk, the Honorary Consul of Croatia in Kraków, the second largest Polish city will become home of ''Little Croatia''.
A group of 25 Croatian and Polish students, mentored by their professors from the Universities of Zagreb, Split, and Kraków, participated in a workshop/competition, from the 27th to the 31st of March 2017, in order to reinvent Kraków’s Bagry Wielkie Park so it would remind the Poles of summer fun in Croatia.
The workshop was designed to select the best land development project, according to which the popular park in Kraków will be rebuilt.
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 that 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 that tell the story and history of each Croatian city and its relations with Poland.
Despite the fact that the project initiator has not yet found funds for the park’s development, the students and mentors involved in the project expressed satisfaction of taking part in such process. The Honorary Consul Paweł Włodarczyk emphasized that he saw an opportunity for even closer relations between the two countries. On the other hand, the project will surely contribute to promotion of Croatia in Kraków and southern Poland.
It is interesting to note that the Bagry Wielkie Park is a popular destination for citizens of Kraków, especially during the summer, as it is located only 5 km from the city centre and has a beach on the lagoon with a swimming area, as well as sailing and other recreational activities.