Current state and development of the City park in Skopje

  • Jasminka Rizovska Atanasovska Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Faculty of Forestry, 16th Makedonska brigada 1, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia; email: jratanasovska@sf.ukim.edu.mk
  • Iskra Apostolovska PE Parks and Greenery, Boulevard Ilinden 104, Skopje, Macedonia
  • Nikolčo Velkovski Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Faculty of Forestry, 16th Makedonska brigada 1, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
  • Vlatko Andonovski Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Faculty of Forestry, 16th Makedonska brigada 1, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
  • Divna Penčić Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Faculty of Architecture, Boulevard Partizanski odredi 24, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Keywords: City Park, floral elements, green area, park elements, shrubs, trees, vegetation

Abstract

The City Park in Skopje was established in the early 20th century. There are not many historical data about its establishment. Only modest documentation could be found, for the period between the two world wars.

At the beginning of the 20th century in Skopje a couple of avenues and green areas have been built. The bigger green area was the one on the location where today’s City Park is built. It was called “Islahane”, after the craft school around which it was established. Its establishment is connected with Hafiz Mehmed Pasha and the period of Ottomans domination in Macedonia. Built in 1905, it spread out over 16 000 m2 and was organized in a classical, geometric style, with trees, shrubs, floral elements and pathways. It was founded on where today’s City Park is located.

Through the years it has changed until it got today’s dimensions and borders. The biggest change in its structure was made in the ‘70s of the 20th century when the basic main project for the City Park was made. In the last ten years intensive work on its reconstruction has been done, so there is more relevant data for the Park for this recent period of time.

Besides its establishment, this paper presents the current state of the Park, its main characteristics and functions. It gives a review of the vegetation and other park elements, as well the state of its overall area and the changes that have occurred to date.

Published
2018-12-17
Section
Review Papers