The Sava River
The Sava River represents an important ecological area which greatly contributes to the preservation of biotic diversity. The riparian zone with gravel bars, islands and flooded riverside forests appears more or less densely along the entire current of the Sava River all the way to the settlement of Sava (near Litija) where the river enters the gorge. There are 28 species of fish in the Sava River (7 of them are protected) and 9 species of amphibians (all protected). The river is a nesting area for more than 100 species of birds. It is also a wintering area and/or migratory route for numerous species of duck, grebe, goose, heron and other water birds.
Vegetation on gravel bars of the Sava River
South of Črnuče and Šentjakob, in a small curve on the left bank of the Sava River, an interesting mosaic of meadow and forest communities developed on former gravel bars of the Sava River. It consists of various plant groups: from the smallest pioneer groups of herbs located just next to the river, to the semidry meadow groups and bushes and various forest types, including climax systems of oak and beech trees. Despite the closeness of the urban centres, the nature has been surprisingly well preserved in this area. Gravel bars in the vicinity of the Sava River have well-preserved natural and semi-natural vegetation which has been kept in a good state due to the traditional use of land, and are an excellent natural science classroom in the proximity of Ljubljana. The preservation of the gravel bars is thus so much more important, as they can serve as a testing site for sustainable maintenance methods and an educational or pedagogical area within the reach of the citizens and inhabitants of the surrounding areas. The importance of preserving sustainable use of the Sava gravel bars is so much greater, because the most important drinking water catchments in this area are located in the gravel depths under the Sava River.
Jarški prod Water Plant
Jarški prod Water Plant, the fourth water plant of the central Ljubljana water supply system, began operating in 1982 and is the only water plant on the left bank of the Sava River. It is located just next to the route, south of the industrial zone at Brnčičeva Street, in the area of the former gravel bars of the Sava River. Jarški prod Water Plant is one of the most important water sources for the supply of Ljubljana and has a long-term prospect of supplying Ljubljana with water, because the available amount of groundwater enables substantial pumping of drinking water.
Unfortunately, this water catchment area is quite burdened due to dense population, traffic, industry, agriculture and gardening in the immediate vicinity of the water plant. Enormous amounts of waste from illegal dumping sites are scattered in the area of Jarški prod Water Plant. Apparently, much more time will have to pass before people start responsibly treating the nature and water sources.
Monument to the victims of National Liberation War in Sneberje
An iron plaque with the names of the members of Liberation Front who were killed by the members of the Black Hand organisation during National Liberation War is mounted in a large rock. The monument was unveiled in 1955 and was moved to the present location in 1979. It is now located on the right bank of the Sava River at Sneberje Bridge and is registered in Cultural Heritage Register of the Republic of Slovenia.
Sava Recreational and Educational Centre
The area along the Sava near Tomačevo which was, until recently, marked by shanty settlements, illegal buildings and piles of common and construction waste, has now been transforming into an area for socialising, recreation and education. In addition to cycle lane, footpath and equestrian path (about 1,200 metres long), the centre also includes a large children's playground, a small animal farm, horse paddocks, riding ground and arranged area for picnics.
Special attention is paid to children. Recreation and educational section for children is located near the equestrian centre. Mentors from the equestrian centre enable children to become acquainted with horses and other animals on the animal farm, and teach them about breeding and keeping the animals and about healthy and natural way of life.
Sava Recreational and Educational Centre was co-financed by the Municipality of Ljubljana and European Regional Development Fund.
The project of regional development along the Sava River won't stop with Tomačevo area. The Municipality of Ljubljana is trying to attract other municipalities along the river (from the source of the river and to the country border) to help arrange the embankments of the Sava River. In accordance with this vision, a joint cycle lane or footpath would connect all municipalities along the Sava River to the Slovenian-Croatian border.
Šmartno Football Club Sports Park
Young football players of Šmartno Football Club are training under professional supervision of trainers and teachers in the idyllic surroundings of Šmartno on the edge of Ljubljana. Football fields of Šmartno Sports Park have natural grass and arranged wardrobes. The sports park offers endless possibilities for undisturbed development of sports way of life as well as education of the young for conscientious and fair work and development of good mutual relationships.
Krim Kennel Society
Krim Kennel Society was established in 1980. Its purpose is training dogs and educating their owners. Activities and areas of interest, which the Society covers with its work, have substantially broadened over the years. The Society organises basic training courses for dogs, kennel sports courses (agility, rally obedience, flyball), rescue dog training courses, and includes a group of show dogs.