27 October Sunday

Kemerburgaz International City Forest Opens to Visitors on October 26

As part of the 29 October Republic Day celebrations, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) has opened the Kemerburgaz International City Forest to the public on October 26.

The opening ceremony of the Kemerburgaz City Forest was attended by Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu and Republican People’s Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

In his speech at the ceremony, Mayor İmamoğlu said, “We have to expand the areas where we can breathe in our cities, which have turned into a concrete jungle, in the face of threatening phenomena such as global warming and climate change,” adding that his wish was to be remembered as a mayor who filled the city with “green”.

Mr. İmamoğlu also noted that the Kemerburgaz City Forest project was first launched 6 years ago, although the works came to a halt in 2017. “My colleagues undertook serious works, and in [the last] two months, by completing deficiencies and organization-wise problems, we have turned this place into a protected area with a service quality of European standards,” he said.

Built on 1.5 million square meters, the Kemerburgaz City Forest is currently the largest urban green area open to the public Istanbul. The park features outdoor exercise facilities, hiking and jogging trails, bicycle routes and observation facilities.

The City Forest also stands out with its proximity to the Mağlova Aqueduct, an important historical artifact built by Ottoman architect Sinan between 1554 and 1562.

 

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