This is old playground where Bjelovar's handball players 30-40 years ago was playing games in first national handball league of ex Yugoslavia.
That time Handball club "Partizan" was also playing in European championship. But rulles of European championship don't give permission that games can be played on open playground. So Bjelovar's handball club "Partizan" was playing in some other Croatian towns which had sports hall.
After "Partizan" won European championship (1972), Bjelovar get his own sports hall.
Between 1957-1980 for Bjelovar's handball it was the best years at all. 9 times "Partizan" was first in ex Yugoslavia handball championship, 7 times was second, 4 times was first, etc.
In Europe, once "Partizan" won European championship, and several times was stopped in finale or half-finale of championship.
Today Handball club "Bjelovar" (new name of handball club) is playing in Croatian handball league, and unfortunatelly long time it wasn't playing in European championship.
Now on this playground (from beggining of story) people have a some sport activities (mostly soccer) and on summer every evening amateur soccer teams play in "Bjelovar summer soccer league" on the "Partizan's old playground" (populary called).
Beside plan of destroying center by builds ugly buildings, there was also plan to build four skyscrapers around town center. On south side of town center this plan become true. Only one skyscraper in Bjelovar is build on other side of beautiful old baroque style gymnasium and it disturbing look of all town center.
Today many people say that this skyscraper is terrible ugliness and wish that it's gone.
Unfortunatelly, after world war II in some minds came idea to destroying center of town. They are start demolishing old houses (from 18th and 19th century) and build buildings from south side of center to the main square (it can be seen on main pedestrian street and on two more parallel streets).
Fortunatelly, after build ugly buildings in one part of center they was missing money so destroying of town center is finished.
After 25 countries in all of world, in September 2004 in Croatia also was started very known show "Big Brother". Some people likes this show, some people doesn't like it, but fact is that this show was put great mark in Bjelovar, and for Bjelovar also.
Because one of show competitors, Saša, is from Bjelovar, and he was winner of first croatian Big Brother. He is very interesting and simple person, he have universal aptitude, very likes riding and motorbikes, etc. In 100 days of show he get so much sympathy from so many people from Croatia and other neighbour countries. In finale he got 77 procent of all votes.
Many times you can see him in Bjelovar. In free time he is chief of Bjelovar's bikers club "White City Riders", which on the end of May organise a great bikers weekend.
The most famous Bjelovar's sports club outside of Croatia is definitely Handball club "Partizan" (today's name is Handball club "Bjelovar"). It was first Croatian handball club which won Europan handball championship, and second sports club from ex Yugoslavia which won some European championship at all.
It was happen on 19th February 1972 in finale of European handball championship in Dortmund, when "Partizan" beat "Gummersbach" with 19:14.
At entrance of old handball playground was put monument for memories on days of Bjelovar's good handball results in Europe.
10 kilometers from Bjelovar is small mountain lodge "Kamenitovac" (popular called "Planinarac") on hill Bilogora (Bilogora means "White hill"). Planinarac is on 242 m high point and it is well known excursion site for people from Bjelovar and his guests.
Mountaint lodge is surrounded with great forest where you can go walking on mountain paths, very quite and peaceful. Planinarac is also restaurant and if it is good weather you can also eat outside and have a beautiful view on other hills and small villages on it.
On the most beautiful spot in park, between church and pavilion, is located monument for Croatian soldiers from Bjelovar area which was died in war in beggining of 1990's.