The Gorovo Park or Drago Gervais Park

The garden is positioned in the central part of Opatija, in the Gorovo region, within the borders of the fields, cultural-historical whole of Opatija. On the west it borders with tennis playgrounds, on the north and on the east with Drago Gervais Street, and on the south with a land plot belonging to a neighbouring villa. The garden surfaces 2,265 m2 and is the immediate environment of a school building. The garden offers a beautiful view to the sea and the city of Rijeka in the distance. A single serpentine pathway divides the park in two parts.

It was founded as a private park in the 2nd half of the 20th century, and after 1925 it became a public park.

According to the 2006 plant inventory, the park contains 20 plant species, of which the following can be highlighted: Acer palmatum “Atropurpureum” (purple Japanese maple-tree), Cedrus deodara (Himalayan cedar), Juniperus sabinna „Tamariscifolia“, Liriodendron tulipifera (American tulip tree).

The northern part of the park is dominated by a group of cedars, while the symmetry of the building's front facade is accentuated with exotic Cordylines. The building's major, south-eastern facade is accentuated with a garden-like designed space in the shape of a half of a stylised flower with four petals. In its centre a green hedge seams and encompasses a floor with flowers where a monument is erected – the bust of the Chakavian poet, Drago Gervais. The “flower petals” are a gravelled space intended for sitting and enjoying the view on the garden, the town and the sea. The garden has no fence, and the organization of the plant species leaves open views in almost all directions, while the garden’s central part is open and sunny which provides an atmosphere of serenity and vivacity.

The park’s stylistic traits changed in accordance with the purpose of the building around which the garden was created. They were originally an expressly historicist stylistic marks. This can be seen in the design of the garden’s surfaces with a larger number of flower-beds among a web of pathways. The fields and the paths are distributed as to emphasize the main façade of the historicist villa and its symmetry in relation to the main transversal axis directed toward the sea, which remains the focus of interest in this climate sanatorium. In the second half of the 20th century, the garden was redesigned in line with Modernists’ functionalism and simplicity. Thus in time the number of paths was reduced to only one, and the density of vegetation was also reduced.