Previously closed forest park located around the Croatian president’s office in Zagreb is to be opened up to the public.
President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, together with Minister of State Property Goran Marić and Mayor of the City of Zagreb Milan Bandić, presented a project allocating Pantovčak Park Forest to the City of Zagreb and to its citizens for their use.
“I believe that the openness towards citizens that I strongly stand for and advocate, and which I hope is being demonstrated through my work, will also be achieved by giving the Pantovčak Park Forest to the public for its use”, said President Grabar-Kitarović, while pointing out that the park is to become a new green oasis for citizens in the heart of Zagreb.
The President’s Chief of Staff Anamarija Kirinić provided technical details and outlined the events that have taken place to date, since the decision on the procedure for determining the headquarters of the Office of the President, the appointment of an expert committee tasked with establishing location requirements of the Presidential Office, and the conclusion reached by the committee, i.e. on retaining the Presidential Office headquarters at the present location.
Minister of State Property Goran Marić said that the Presidential Office complex will be reduced by nearly three-quarters and that the Ministry of State Property will produce a parcel report according to which the Presidential Office complex will be reduced to 250,000 square meters, while the remaining 700,000 square meters will be under jurisdiction of the Ministry of State Property and the City of Zagreb for a period of 50 years.
Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić thanked President Grabar-Kitarović for initiating the project allocating Pantovčak Park Forest to the City of Zagreb and said that the park will open in due course.