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Ada Ciganlija in the summer
Ada Ciganlija in the summer

Ada Ciganlija (Serbian Ada Ciganlija, Cyrilic Ада Циганлија - pronounced in English rougly as /a'da tsig'anliya/) is an island in the Sava river flowing through central Belgrade the capital city of Serbia and Montenegro. Image File history File linksMetadata Adajezero. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Adajezero. ... The Serbian language is one of the standard versions of the Å tokavian dialect (former standard was known as Serbo-Croatian language). ... ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Sava also Save (in German: Save; in Hungarian: Száva) is a river in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, a right side tributary of Danube at Belgrade. ... For other uses, see Belgrade (disambiguation). ...


It is located at the 4th kilometer from the Sava's confluence into the Danube near the central parts of Belgrade. It has an area of 8 square kilometres. The island is largely used as a multi-faceted recreation zone by the citizens of Belgrade; it is most famously dubbed as the Belgrade's Sea (beogradsko more) because of its long beach. Its name is derived from the Serbian word 'ada' roughly meaning a river island and 'ciganlija' an adjective form of 'cigan', meaning a Roma person or a gypsy, thus the name of the island is rougly translated into English as "Gypsy Island". Another account of the meaning of the word "Ciganlija" cites its Celtic origin from the Celtic words 'singa' and 'lia' both represeanting some sort of a river island (Celtic peoples were some of the first settlers of ancient Belgrade). The Danube bend at Visegrád is a popular destination of tourists The Danube (German: Donau, Slovak: Dunaj, Hungarian: Duna, Slovenian: Donava, Croatian: Dunav, Serbian: Дунав/Dunav, , Bulgarian: Дунав (Dunav), Romanian: Dunăre, Ukrainian: , Latin: Danuvius), all ultimately derived from the PIE *dānu, meaning river or stream, is Europes second... The Serbian language is one of the standard versions of the Štokavian dialect (former standard was known as Serbo-Croatian language). ... The Roma people (singular Rom; sometimes Rroma, Rrom), often referred to as Gypsies, are a heterogeneous ethnic group who live primarily in Southern and Eastern Europe, Western Asia, Latin America, southern states of North America and the Middle East. ... The Roma people (singular Rom; sometimes Rroma, Rrom), often referred to as Gypsies, are a heterogeneous ethnic group who live primarily in Southern and Eastern Europe, Western Asia, Latin America, southern states of North America and the Middle East. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A Celtic cross. ... For other uses, see Belgrade (disambiguation). ...


The island was proclaimed a national public good in 1821 by Prince Miloš Obrenović of Serbia by a royal decree, and is today managed by the municipal govermnet via the Public Enterprise "Ada Ciganlija" (JP "Ada Ciganlija"), which maintains the grounds of the recreational areas and especially the beach and the Sava Lake. It is responsible for cleanliness, maintenance such as ctrimming of the underwater algae, public safety (life guards) etc. Even though the island is a public good, the island itself is not exclusively managed and owned by the city. There are numerous private entities who administer businesses and recreation facilities, as well as the golf course. Notably, many Serbian famous sports personalities have invested in this area. MiloÅ¡ Obrenović Milosh Obrenovich (MiloÅ¡ Obrenović or in Cyrillic Милош Обреновић 1780 - 1860) was prince of Serbia between 1817 and 1839, and again from 1858 to 1860. ...

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Facilities and activities

The island has been conceptualized as Belgrade's focal point for mass sporting activity and recreation, and thus features a great number of appropriate facilities such as tennis courts, biking paths, both beach & concrete volleyball courts, little soccer fields, skateboarding ramps, rollerskating paths, basketball courts, paint ball, baseball fields, bocce, aqua soccer, rugby fields, kayaking facilities, artificial rock climbing facility, chess facilities, water slides, artificial alpine skiing and snowboarding slopes, rowing facilities as well a bungee jumping platform, and a diving range. Tennis ball This article is about the sport. ... ... Volleyball is an Olympic sport in which two teams, separated by a high net, hit a ball back and forth over the net between the teams. ... Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ... A skateboarder performing a frontside lipslide. ... Roller skating girl in Rome, Italy (soul grind) Roller skating is travelling on smooth terrain with roller skates. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 For other uses, see Basketball (disambiguation). ... Two paintball players Paintball is a game whose participants use gas-powered markers to launch marble-sized pellets containing colored goo at each other. ... Baseball is a team sport in which a player on one team (the pitcher) attempts to throw a hard, fist-sized ball at a player on the other team (the batter), who attempts to hit the baseball with a tapered, smooth, cylindrical bat that can be made out of either... A set of Bocce balls Bocce is a precision sport closely related to bowls and pétanque with a common ancestry from ancient games played in the Roman Empire. ... A Rugby player Rugby football refers to sports descended from a common form of football developed at Rugby School. ... Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. ... Climbers on Valkyrie at the Roaches. ... Chess is an abstract strategy board game for two players. ... Rowing refers to several forms of physical activity: For rowing boats in general, see Watercraft rowing. ... Bungee Jump in Normandy, France Bungee jumping (or Bungy jumping) is an activity in which a person jumps off from a high place (generally of several hundred feet/meters) with one end of an elastic cord attached to his/her body or ankles and the other end tied to the... Diving refers to the sport acrobatically jumping or falling into water. ...

Sava Lake in wintertime
Sava Lake in wintertime

Ada Ciganlija is also a vast park and a major forested area. The most famous, and for most Belgradian's the most important feature of Ada Cignalija is the long beach along the Island's souhtern edge facinng the so called Sava Lake (Savsko Jezero) 4,2 kilometers long. Most citizens of Belgrade swarm to this beach seeking refreshment during the hot summer months. The number of bathers at one time often reaches 300,000 in the peak season, it is by far the most popular public recreation zone in the city of Belgrade. Besides the large adult swim area, there is also a closely supervised children's swimming area which is fenced off. There is also a special water skiing cable installed on one of the ends of the lake. Image File history File links BG_AdaCiganlija11_Feb1_2004. ... Image File history File links BG_AdaCiganlija11_Feb1_2004. ...


Ada Ciganlija features a tall sports observation tower and bleachers on multiple levels which is its most prominent structure as well and one of very few permanent solid structures. Ada Ciganlija has in the past been a host to a number of local and international water sporting events such as competitions in rowing and kayaking.


The very first golf course in Serbia has been built on this island in recent years along with a golf club house, a golfing store, golfing school and a practice range. This golf course is also the seat of the first and so far only Serbian golfing association. This article is about the sport of golf. ...


The island is home to the "Rowing Sport Club" and several rowing societies like VK Partizan, VK Crvena Zvezda, and VK Grafičar. A sailing school and a club as well as all acompanying sailing facilities can be found on this island. Rowing refers to several forms of physical activity: For rowing boats in general, see Watercraft rowing. ... Fudbalski Klub Partizan (Football Club Partizan) is a football club from Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro. ... Logo of Red Star Belgrade Fudbalski Klub Crvena Zvezda (Фудбалски клуб Црвена звезда, commonly known in English as Red Star Belgrade) is one of the two major football teams in Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia and Montenegro. ... Sailing at sunset Wooden sailing boat Sailing is the skillful art of controlling the motion of a sailing ship or smaller boat, across a body of water. ...


Other features/activity

The northern edge of the island is lined with attached floating barges, or houses on the water owned by many Belgraders as a weekend refuge given this island's exceptionally quiet and green environment. Many city dwellers come to Ada to enjoy fishing excursions pickniks and barbeques with their friends and families.


Ada Ciganlija features several tuck shops, over 70 resaturants, bars and cafés as well as a café-cinema.


There is a nudist beach on the western edge of Ada. Naturists find going without clothing both enjoyable and relaxing. ...


Due to its heavily forrested surface Ada Ciganlija has been known as a summer gay cruising spot in certain areas of the island, most notably near and around the nudist beach. In modern society, gay is a word which can be used as either a noun or adjective. ... Cruising may mean: Cruising (maritime), leisurely travel by boat, yacht, or cruise ship. ...


From the Ada's beach, as most Belgradian's like to call this island, stunning views of central Belgrade can bee seen. Belgrade sunsets are particularly beautiful when viewed from this spot.


At the extreme western edge of the so-called Sava Lake, there is a fountain resembling the one from Geneva shooting water up several dozens of meters into the air. Geneva (pronunciation //; French: Genève //, German: (help· info) //, Italian: Ginevra) is the second most populous city in Switzerland, situated where Lake Geneva (French Lac Léman) flows into the Rhône River. ...


During the summer months in the later hours, the city stages a spacial laser light spectacle for those still present at the beach. Lasers range in size from microscopic diode lasers (top) with numerous applications, to football field sized neodymium glass lasers (bottom) used for inertial confinement fusion, nuclear weapons research and other physics experiments. ...


This Island also has an artistic sculpture workshop located at the eastern end of the island in the direction of the city. An Italian Futurist sculpture by Umberto Boccioni at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (MoMA). ...


At the easten edge of the island there is also a 6 ha lake artificially enriched with rare specimens of river fish used mainly for recreational fishing. Before 1994 this area used to be a swamp/ marshland. 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... A freshwater swamp This article is about the wetland type (a landform). ... This article is about marsh, a type of wetland. ...


Ada Ciganlija also has a children's thatre featuring scheduled performances. There is also a Robinson Crusoe Island entertainment feature which stages self-themed performances. Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday by Carl Offterdinger Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published in 1719 and sometimes regarded as the first novel in English. ...


The environment and wildlife

Ada Ciganlija and the Sava Lake (blue water)
Ada Ciganlija and the Sava Lake (blue water)

Ada Ciganlija is a unique ecosystem and an oasis in the urban area. Image File history File linksMetadata Izaviona. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Izaviona. ... In ecology, the word ecosystem is an abbreviation of the term, ecological system. ...


The thick forest on this island is usually described as 'centenary' meaning it is very mature with fully grown and old tree varieties mainly oak, elm and wilow. This characteristic of Ada gives its visitors an illusion of being in complete wilderness because the noise of the city, whose central parts are in the immediate vicinity, is completely shut out by the thick forest. Most of the forest on the island is protected. A centenary is an event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of an event. ...


Areas of the island are populated by various members of the animal kingdom such as the fox, rabbit, deer as well as wild bore, and various amphibians, insects and birds.


Some parts of the island are entirely wild with very little or no human presence, making this island unique in the European urban contexts.


Due to its independent ecosystem Ada Ciganlija is priviledged with a particular microclimate. In ecology, the word ecosystem is an abbreviation of the term, ecological system. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Transportation

Although there are man-made land routes leading to the island, they are seldom used due to poor accessibility to the city's public transport system and main roads. There are regular boat transfer services taking people from Belgrade's river banks onto the island.


There is also a small 'tourist train' (not running of train tracks) touring on the island.


There is also an impromptu recreational marina on the island's downstream end. There are plans to expand this marina and make it permanent.


Motor traffick in the lake as well as car traffick on land is strictly forbidden. There is a large parking lot on the city river bank side.


Modification, development and challenges

Although naturally Ada Ciganlija is indeed a river island, through years (starting from 1967), and in order to protect Ada's environment and create a drinking water reservoir for the city as well as protect the swimmers, the city authorities have linked two ends of the island to the land on the southern side of the island in the direction away from the city, so technically today, Ada Ciganlija is a peninsula with multiple attachments to the land (three to be exact). Thusly created lake is of strategic importance to Belgrade as a reservoir of drinking water and is under the regime of the most rigorous environmental protection. The dams upstream are equipped with tubes through which water flows into the Sava lake, passing through a filtering system installed in a smaller artificial 'buffer lake', clean water thus streams into the lake and is pumped back out using electrically powered pumps at the downstream end, back into the river. Peninsula A peninsula (from Latin paene insula, almost island) is a geographical formation consisting of an extension of land from a larger body, surrounded by water on three sides. ...


City and state authorities of Serbia plan to build a new brigde over the Sava river which is to coross over the eastern tip of the Ada Ciganlija island. The bridge is set to be a Belgrade landmark due to its imposing structure (the brodge tower 'needle' will be 200m tall), providing a direct land link to the island via the elevators as well as a planned light rail station that will stop mid-bridge to service passengers to and from the island. Many serious concerns were raised over building of this bridge crossing Ada for environmental and aestetic reasons. The bridge should start construction early 2007. Motto: None Anthem: Bože Pravde Capital Belgrade Largest city Belgrade Official language(s) Serbian Government • President • Prime Minister Republic Boris Tadić Vojislav KoÅ¡tunica Independence Part of Serbia and Montenegro Area  - Total    - Water (%)   88,361 km² (112th if ranked) 34,166 sq mi  N/A Population  - 2005 est. ... This article is about light rail systems in general. ...


Current challenges of the island involve its further planning and development in the context of protection of its environment as a unique oasis in Serbia's largest metropolitan area.


Belgraders and Ada Ciganlija

For many years many citizens of Belgrade have had an uneasy relationship with Ada. Ada Ciganlija was often regarded in a sense as a 'necessary evil' as the only 'resort' available to masses of economically disadvantaged people during the last 14 years of economic hardship and wars. Use of this recreation area has always been free of charge and more then often over-crowded and regarded as having poor hygiene, due to a long time of Ada Ciganlija not having any proper facilities or institutionalized care. In recent years the city authrorities and private investors have worked hard to change this image and ensure that this zone is properly maintained, has the proper infrastructure and appropriate commercial and recreational content. According to future plans Ada Ciganlija is set to become a prime sporting and recereation facility for Belgrade.


See also

Motto: None Anthem: Bože Pravde Capital Belgrade Largest city Belgrade Official language(s) Serbian Government • President • Prime Minister Republic Boris Tadić Vojislav KoÅ¡tunica Independence Part of Serbia and Montenegro Area  - Total    - Water (%)   88,361 km² (112th if ranked) 34,166 sq mi  N/A Population  - 2005 est. ... For other uses, see Belgrade (disambiguation). ...

External links

  • The island's official page (serbian only)
  • City of Belgrade's Ada Ciganlija Page(serbian, english, german and french)
  • Picture gallery of Ada Ciganlija (serbian only)
  • Belgrade Golf Club, school and association (serbian and english)
  • Images of the new planned bridge over Ada - Belgrade's Land Development Agency
  • An interactive map of Ada - very detailed! (serbian only)

  Results from FactBites:
 
Ada Ciganlija - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1511 words)
Ada Ciganlija (Serbian Ada Ciganlija, Cyrilic Ада Циганлија - pronounced in English roughly as /a'da tsig'anliya/) is an island in the Sava river flowing through central Belgrade the capital city of Serbia.
Ada Ciganlija is a unique ecosystem and an oasis in the urban area.
Ada Ciganlija was often regarded in a sense as a 'necessary evil' as the only 'resort' available to masses of economically disadvantaged people during the economic hardship and wars of the 90's of the last century (and arguably still today).
Ada Međica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (214 words)
Ada Međica (Serbian Cyrillic: Ада Међица) is an urban neighborhood of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.
Ada Međica is an ovally shaped river island in the Sava river, a kilometer long and 200 m wide.
Name of the island, Ada Međica, is Serbian for border river island as for the centuries the Sava river was a border of many states (Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Kingdom of Hungary, Serbia, Ottoman Empire, Habsburg Monarchy, etc).
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