SRC ‘Svetice’ is a public sport and recreation center located in the urban area of the Croatian capital Zagreb. The SRC disposes with swimming pool, athletics, tennis and football fields.
In 2013, the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) with support by the city mayor Milan Bandic announced the plan of building the national football team camp at the location of the SRC. The plan includes destruction of the old sport center and building of a small football stadium, including athletic track and swimming pool. The new sport center would not dispose with tennis courts, while its use by the citizens would be limited.
The current users of the center, including citizens and tennis sport workers complained they would lose free recreation area and work place. They consider the case of SRC ‘Svetice’ yet another example of privatization of a public space without consultation with all groups of stakeholders and backed by the mayor Bandic. The opponents of the project organized petition which was signed by 1500 persons. In May 2014, the sport center was closed due to safety issue without previous public announcement. Mayor Bandic was arrested in October 2014 for financial and land fraud, and abuse of position and authority. In November 2014, HNS presented the design solution for sport center obtained in the public call and supported by the Association of Croatian Architects. The construction of the new center will start in 2015 and should last one year. As per May 2016, the swimming pool complex is finished, while construction work on the sports and recreation center is still to begin.