Šumice, Belgrade

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Šumice (Serbian Cyrillic: Шумице, pronounced [ʃûmit͡sɛ]) is an urban neighborhood of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It is located in Belgrade's municipality of Voždovac. It is also the name of a park within the neighbourhood.

Location[edit]

Šumice is located in the south-eastern section of the hill of Pašino Brdo and in the northern section largely overlaps with the neighborhood of the same name. On the south it is bounded by the Ustanička street and on the east by the Vojislava Ilića street, both streets separating it from the neighborhood of Konjarnik. On the west, the park itself borders the neighborhood of Dušanovac.

Neighborhood[edit]

The neighborhood was constructed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. A modern settlement, with lots of green areas, can roughly be divided in two parts: southern, with residential building, and northern with smaller, family houses and villas which were quite popular among Belgrade's celebrities in the 1980s. The population in 2002 was 7,228.

The main features in the neighborhood are:

  • "Sport Center Šumice", used by the futsal club KMF Konjarnik and the basketball and volleyball teams and for other events (karate and judo championships, etc.). Previously, it was the "House of the Pioneers of Voždovac" (Dom Pionira Voždovac), including a cinema within the complex, which is located in the south-east corner of the park.
  • New business center of "KoŠum" named after Šumice, but technically belonging to the neighborhood of Konjarnik.
  • Hotel Srbija.
  • Health center "Šumice".
  • Belgrade's VIII Gymnasium (ex XI) (in the northern corner of the park).

Park[edit]

Šumice
Шумице
Location Serbia Voždovac, Belgrade, Serbia

The park consists of two parts, separated by the Vojvode Toze street into western (larger) and eastern sections. The modern park is a remnant of the much larger wood that existed before World War I. As at that time the urban Belgrade didn't spread east of the woods, it is recorded that during the extremely cold winters, wolves would come down from the Avala mountain all the way to Šumice.

The park is inhabited by hedgehogs and bats, but the main attraction in the park are the squirrels which often leave the park and climb on the trees in people's yards. Woodpeckers and blue tits, living in the park in the 1980s, are not seen anymore.

In the 1990s, in the general air of lawlessness, attempts were made to build concrete objects (shops, kiosks, etc.) in the park itself, but eventually they were successfully removed. In spring 2007 the park was reconstructed. Maps, new wooden gazebos, benches, trash cans and children playgrounds were placed, while a new trim trail through the park was arranged.

Transportation[edit]

Šumice is well connected with other parts of the city, by public transportation:

Buses (with connecting areas of the city):

  • No. 17: Konjarnik, Šumice, Autokomanda, Mostarska Petlja, Novi Beograd, Zemun;
  • No. 31: Konjarnik, Šumice, Slavija, Terazije, Square of the Republic, Studentski Trg;
  • No. ADA 3: Konjarnik, Šumice, Braće Jerković, Darvinova, Kumodraška, Autokomanda, Mostarska Petlja, Boulevard of Vojvoda Mišić, Ada Ciganlija;

Trolleys (with connecting areas of the city):

  • No. 19: Konjarnik, Šumice, Crveni Krst, Slavija, Terazije, Studentski Trg;
  • No. 21: Učiteljsko Naselje, Šumice, Crveni Krst, Slavija, Terazije, Studentski Trg;
  • No. 29: Medakovic, Šumice, Crveni Krst, Slavija, Terazije, Studentski Trg;

Night buses (with connecting areas of the city):

  • No. 31: Konjarnik, Šumice, Slavija, Terazije, Square of the Republic, Studentski Trg;

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Coordinates: 44°47′09″N 20°29′20″E / 44.78583°N 20.48889°E / 44.78583; 20.48889