18 November Sunday

Five large city parks open in Istanbul

A collective opening ceremony of five large new city parks in Istanbul was held with a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today.

Turkey's first "nation's gardens", a new concept of urban parks was opened in Istanbul simultaneously with a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The city has gained 1,500,000 m² of recreation area with Başakşehir, Kayaşehir, Baruthane, Çırpıcı, and Hoşdere Nation's Gardens.

"Istanbul is stepping into a greener future. With the addition of these 5 big gardens, the amount of green space per capita in the city increased by ten percent to 12 m², which is above the world average," the mayor Mevlüt Uysal said in his speech before the opening.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of Turkey; Mr. Fuat Oktay, Vice President of Turkey; Mr. Binali Yıldırım, the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey; Mevlüt Uysal, the mayor of Istanbul; Mr. Murat Kurum,the Minister of Environment and Urban Planning of Turkey; Berat Albayrak, the Minister of Finance and Treasury of Turkey; Mustafa Varank, the Minister of Science, Industry and Technology; Süleyman Soylu, the Minister of Interior Affairs; Fahrettin Koca, the Minister of Health of the Republic of Turkey; Mrs. Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk, Minister of Family, Labour and Social Services of Turkey; Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Minister of Culture and Tourism; Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, Minister of Youth and Sports; Ali Yerlikaya, the mayor of Istanbul;Dr. Ali Erbaş, President of Religious Affairs of Turkey, ministers, members of parliament, political party representatives, many guests and thousands of Istanbulites attended the opening ceremony.

The new city parks, referred to as "millet bahçeleri" (which could be translated as public gardens) by the government, look to create a vast expanse of greenery in the middle of rapidly developing cities.

"With the opening of the public gardens, we are fulfilling one of the commitments from our 100-day program. Work on 33 public gardens in 18 cities has reached the final stage. Our goal is to create at least one public garden in every city," President Erdoğan said.

The five parks with a combined area of 1.5 million square meters increase Istanbul's green space per capita by 10 percent, the president said, adding that after the construction of another city park at the site Atatürk Airport this number will go up even higher.

The newly-developing Başakşehir district on the European side of the city now houses three parks in the neighborhoods of Başakşehir, Kayaşehir, and Hoşdere, while the two others are located in the historic Baruthane (Ottoman-era gunpowder factory) complex in Bakırköy district and Çırpıcı neighborhood of Zeytinburnu district.

The "city parks" concept designed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) proposes turning old public spaces into parks, a move which will further advance the party's environmental agenda in the current term.

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