DANUBE PARK IN NOVI SAD
By Zoran Slavić
In the popular definitions, the more literary than expert, says that the real urban parks are which are located in the nucleus of a large settlement. Because other parks are marginal or peripheral. By this logic The Danube Park in Novi Sad is true and representative space. He has green eye in whose blue-green apple of the eye reflects the comfortable, civilized and tolerant lowland city. The whole town, which began to be regulated, as a park 1895, is located near the Danube relies on the Danube Street, so it was named. This annex of nature, with a small lake in the center of its volume, incredible impact on city life. At the same time the Danube Park is much more than just the sum of trees, flowers and light in which sounds are added nearby river, Fruška hills and not too harsh city life.
At this point in the 19 century was Liman, branch of the Danube, covered with reeds and willows, litter mosquitoes and frogs. The field was much lower than the surrounding area, from where it ended Danube Street. The land here was used for the construction of embankments along the Danube. When he resolved to make park, was first filled up the earth. Only Svamp remained on the lowest place, which was 76 meters above sea level, which later paved with bricks, and the lake was created, with small islands called " Erzsébet ". On it is a weeping willow planted in memory of the Austrian Empress who was killed 1898. Park began the organized manner to regulate the first years of the 20th century, when a place in the inn, "The Queen of England" built court palace (today the Museum of Vojvodina). It was then that the area in front of the palace planted with grass and trees, and through the lawn made earth tracks. The park is positioned sculpture "Nymph" in the form of a fountain by Djordje Jovanovic. The famous Novi Sad sculptor. The covered podium - saletla - Sundays were held promos. After World War II there were occasionally held on public holidays military band concerts.
Next stage of editing The Danube Park came during the twenties and thirties of the twentieth century.
Danube Park is a pride citizens of Novi Sad. A kind of showcase of female beauty, elegance, fashion. When in the evening, while the city, which is everywhere, in summer days, begins to live, and to the beaches of the Strand on the Danube returned to the streets and squares , Mrs. Iva Mia Gucci walk path along the lake, even swan welcomes she. A curious passers-by and not speak!
This park is the place where in the city sunset seen wise men. Artists, writers, wise people more generally. Two of them have their permanent place indivertible: poets Branko Radicevic, Djura Jaksic and Miroslav Antic. They are there forever - within their monuments!
I was walking through the park twenty years. At all times of the day. At night, however, does not. I was sitting on the benches. In between, waiting, rarely in complete relaxation. I have seen sometimes a reputable writer Aleksandar Tisma that walks like just write it in his novel "The use of man." I rested from work by listening to the voices of children. Watching tennis and imagine my countrymen, writer Todor Manojlovic, how to merge with the winter Danube Park. While awake, ironic, passionate eyes and polyphonic, Drasko Redjep, essayist and hidden poet who writes about the future of the past, all records, compares and colored with nostalgia.
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