Park church Savica, Croatia

The local people of Zagreb neighborhood Savica are opposing the construction of a church in the local park.


<div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Description</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld"></td><td class="columns">The city of Zagreb and the Croatian Catholic Church announced a plan to build a church including the access road and a parking lot over a park in highly urbanized residential area Zagreb neighborhood Savica. Two proposals for the new church design were chosen in a public call in February 2013. However, citizens and park users opposed the plan to build a church in the green area. They consider a church should not be built on the public land as it is not of “public interest”. In May 2013, the citizens organised protests and signed a petition for a new location for the church, which was signed by more than 500 persons. However, the petition was ignored by the city authorities. They justified the decision by the claim that the new church will occupy just a small area of the park and would prevent further construction in the green area. The preparation work begun in September 2014, while the start of construction work was planned for 2015. However, as of 2016, the church is still not built, while the tender for its design is still active.</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Basic Data</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Name</td><td>Park church Savica, Croatia</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Country</td><td><a href="/country/croatia">Croatia</a></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Province</td><td>Zagreb capital</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Site</td><td>Zagreb </td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Accuracy of Location</td><td>HIGH local level</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Source of Conflict</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Type of Conflict (1st level)</td><td>Infrastructure and Built Environment</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Type of Conflict (2nd level)</td><td>Urban development conflicts</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Specific Commodities</td><td><a href='/commodity/land'>Land</a></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Project Details and Actors</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Project Details</td><td class="columns">The plan includes the building of a church, garage for 2 cars, 30 parking places, and two apartments for the parson and the vicar, of 70 and 50 m2, respectively. </td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Project Area (in hectares)</td><td>0,16</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Type of Population</td><td>Urban</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Potential Affected Population</td><td>9000</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Start Date</td><td>02/2013</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Company Names or State Enterprises</td><td><a href='/company/the-croatian-catholic-church'>The Croatian Catholic Church</a> from <a href='/country-of-company/croatia'><small>Croatia</small></a> - <small>Owner of the church</small></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Relevant government actors</td><td>The City of Zagreb</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Environmental justice organisations and other supporters</td><td>Citizens Initiatives ’’Čuvamo naš park" http://www.cuvamonaspark.com</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">The Conflict and the Mobilization</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)</td><td>MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">When did the mobilization begin</td><td>PREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Groups Mobilizing</td><td>Neighbours/citizens/communities<br /> Recreational users<br /> Local scientists/professionals</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Forms of Mobilization</td><td>Development of a network/collective action<br /> Official complaint letters and petitions<br /> Public campaigns<br /> Street protest/marches</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Impacts</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Environmental Impacts</td><td><strong>Potential: </strong>Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Health Impacts</td><td><strong>Potential: </strong>Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Socio-economic Impacts</td><td><strong>Potential: </strong>Loss of landscape/sense of place, Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Outcome</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Project Status</td><td>Planned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Pathways for conflict outcome / response</td><td>The city authorities disregarded the results of the citizens' petition</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Development of Alternatives</td><td>The citizens were not against building a church per se, as many of them declared themselves as religious, however they demanded to take a part in a process of choosing another location. </td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Do you consider this as a success?</td><td>No</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Why? Explain briefly.</td><td>Even though the citizens collected over 500 signatures in the petition against building a new church in the local park, the city of Zagreb and Croatian Catholic Church ignored this and announced a public competition for the preliminary design of the church that is still in 2016. </td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Sources and Materials</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Links</td><td><table><tr><td><p> Gradnja crkve na Savici počinje 2015.<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.antenazagreb.hr/vijesti/gradnja-crkve-na-savici-pocinje-2015/n9756/" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> Peticija 500 stanara bez rezultata, crkva na Savici se gradi<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.vecernji.hr/moj-kvart/peticija-500-stanara-bez-rezultata-crkva-na-savici-se-gradi-557686" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> Evo što kažu Bandić i Ostojić o gradnji crkve na Savici<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/evo-sto-kazu-bandic-i-ostojic-o-gradnji-crkve-na-savici/679955.aspx" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> Bandić: Crkve na Savici će biti, a svi će biti zadovoljni<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.tportal.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/264379/Bandic-Crkve-na-Savici-ce-biti-a-svi-ce-biti-zadovoljni.html" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> Savica kao novo Travno: Na jedinom uređenom parku planira se izgradnja crkve, a postoje alternativne lokacije<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/savica-kao-novo-travno-na-jedinom-uredjenom-parku-planira-se-izgradnja-crkve-a-postoje-alternativne-lokacije/671641.aspx" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> Savica je novo Travno<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.h-alter.org/vijesti/savica-je-novo-travno" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> Izgradnja crkve Alojzija Stepinca do kraja 2015. godine<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.soundset.hr/vijesti/zagreb-i-okolica/izgradnja-crkve-alojzija-stepinca-do-kraja-2015-godine" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> Stanovnici Savice: Nismo protiv Crkve ali želimo da se i nas pita<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.vecernji.hr/zg-vijesti/stanovnici-savice-nismo-protiv-crkve-ali-zelimo-da-se-i-nas-pita-559841" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> Stanovnici Savice protiv devastacije parka zasto se crkva radi na gradskoj zemlji<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/stanovnici-savice-protiv-devastacije-parka-zasto-se-crkva-radi-na-gradskoj-zemlji/679470.aspx" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> "Za izgradnju crkve, ali na drugom mjestu!"<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://udruga-kameleon.hr/tekst/5528/" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> ŽUPA BL. ALOJZIJA STEPINCA POZIVA SVOJE ŽUPLJANE: ‘Postanite čitači na liturgijskim slavljima’<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.zagreb.info/aktualno/moj-kvart/zupa-bl-alojzija-stepinca-poziva-svoje-zupljanje-postanite-citaci-na-liturgijskim-slavljima/47495" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> ŽUPA KOJA 16 GODINA NEMA SVOJU CRKVU! Vlč. Vukmanić: ‘Naša župa prolazi jednu sličnu sudbinu kao i Stepinac’<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.zagreb.info/aktualno/moj-kvart/zupa-koja-16-godina-nema-svoju-crkvu-vlc-vukmanic-nasa-zupa-prolazi-jednu-slicnu-sudbinu-kao-i-stepinac/6142" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> Ne žele da na preostaloj livadi u kvartu bude - crkva<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.vecernji.hr/zg-vijesti/ne-zele-da-na-preostaloj-livadi-u-kvartu-bude-crkva-1006707" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Media Links</td><td><table><tr><td><p> TV coverage of the protest<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://24sata.tv/vijesti/prosvjed-na-trnjanskoj-savici-protiv-gradnje-crkve-na-mjestu-parka-62221" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> The citizens’ narattive on the proposed plan<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJFwzjiA3o0" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Other Documents</td><td><table><tr><td><p><strong>Protesters in the Savica's park</strong> The sign reads „We defend our park“<br/><a class="refanch small" href="https://file.ejatlas.org/docs/2._baner.jpg" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Protest in Savica</strong> The citizens in the protest against the city authorities plan to build a church in the local park<br/><a class="refanch small" href="https://file.ejatlas.org/docs/3._protest_at_the_park.jpg" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Other Comments</td><td>The case of the Savica’s park is not unique. Namely, nine years ago, the city authorities built a church in the green area of the Zagreb neighborhood Travno, despite citizens’ protests. In 2015, the announcement of plans to build churches provoked opposition by the local people of Zagreb neighborhoods Vrbani III and Kajzerica. </td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Meta Information</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Contributor</td><td>Jovanka Spiric, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, vankajo(at)gmail.com</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Last update</td><td>14/05/2016</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div>
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