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  04.04.2018, 17:01h


A grant for the project Lozovac Visitor Centre of Krka National Park

After the successful execution of the project Unknown Krka, the Public Institute of Krka National Park has been awarded a grant for the project Lozovac Visitor Centre of Krka National Park.

On Wednesday, 4 April 2018, Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Gabrijela Žalac, director of the Central EU Funds Financing and Contracting agency Tomislav Petric, and director of the Public Institute of Krka National Park Krešimir Šakić, MSc signed the Grant contract for the project to develop the most used park entrance.

The total project value is HRK 105,968,378.33, with the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRD) cofinancing HRK 71,698,656.53, or 85% of the total acceptable costs totalling HRK 84,351,360.63, in the form of a grant from the Operative Programme Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014 – 2020: Promoting sustainable use of natural heritage in national parks and nature parks (Project code: KK.06.1.2.01).

At the official signing held at Paklenica National Park, a total of nine contracts worth HRK 380 million were signed for a range of projects, aimed at contributing to improving the quality of living of citizens and the socioeconomic development of the Republic of Croatia through the improvement of the tourism offer and sustainable management of protected areas, improving the quality of education and student accommodation facilities, and by reducing inequality, poverty and depopulation in war-afflicted areas. In addition to Krka National Park, funds were also awarded to Mljet National Park, Paklenica National Park, Biokovo Nature Park, Cerovac caves, University of Zadar, Municipality of Darda, Town of Petrinja and the Town of Benkovac.

The aim of the project to develop the Lozovac Visitor Centre of Krka National Park is to construct infrastructure for visitor reception and education, to improve the visibility of Krka National Park as a tourist attraction, to strengthen the education capacities for interactive visitor education and information, to achieve better temporal and spatial distribution of visitors, and to ensure social, economic and ecological improvements.

The Lozovac complex project includes construction and equipping of the Visitor Centre building, and construction of roads, parking lots and pedestrian areas. The new building will be found at the site of the present day restaurant and will extend to the existing washrooms.

The construction of the Lozovac Visitor Centre includes:

1. Construction and equipping the building of the Lozovac Visitor Centre:

  • Construction and equipping of four functional areas, with a total of 1860 m² of usable space, including the groupings of content of the visitor centre (multimedia area, info and administration content, cash desks, washroom areas, and commercial, hospitality, storage and services areas).
  • Exhibition, presentation and multimedia content of the Lozovac Visitor Centre:
  • Augmented reality;
  • Multimedia room;
  • Smaller meeting hall/room;
  • Exhibit of archaeological artefacts;
  • Art installation – keepers of the park;
  • Totems with visuals.

2. Construction of roads, parking areas and pedestrian areas:

  • Park bus turning area;
  • Access road to the visitor centre, and parking lot for agency buses;
  • Washroom area by the platforms for agency buses;
  • “green island” for recycling and sorting of waste;
  • Two horticultural areas with a children's playground;
  • Automatic ticket reading system, and digital info-panels;
  • Signalisation installed within the complex, to facilitate easier visitor movement and direction.

The preliminary project is currently under development. The next stage is the selection of the contractor for the works, while the actual construction works are expected to begin by the end of this year.