During the visit of President Ekrem İmamoğlu on 12 October 2019, İBB Park, Garden and Green Areas Department made the Atatürk City Forest in Hacıosman ready for use on time. Speaking at the opening held with partial participation due to the pandemic process and curfew, İmamoğlu said, “We worked with limitations, but we got to a very good point. Ataturk City Forest, this natural wonder place in Haciosman, has become a place where our citizens can come and enjoy their daily sports very easily. ”
Ekrem İmamoğlu, the Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), made an investigation in the Hacıosman Grove in Sarıyer on October 12, 2019 and said, “We aim to open this beautiful treasure to the people of Istanbul and create opportunities for children to play sports, especially walking and jogging. preserving it completely. There is no better project than this. The most beautiful project; nature ”. Imamoglu gave the good news that the area, whose name was changed as “Atatürk City Forest”, will open on 19 May. The works carried out by İBB Park, Garden and Green Areas Department have been completed and the “Atatürk City Forest” has been opened to the service of Istanbul residents.
SPORTSMEN: “A VERY BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY GIFT”
Due to the pandemic process and curfew, the opening events with partial participation started with the Instagram live broadcast of Spor Istanbul. Approximately 20 athletes in the field performed symbolic runs in 30 groups with an interval of 10 seconds. Following the end of the race, İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu, accompanied by Sarıyer Mayor Şükrü Genç and İBB senior management. İmamoğlu, who received information from Çağatay Seçkin, Head of Park Bahçe and Yeşil Alan Department, and received information about the ongoing works, chatted with the athletes. The athletes expressed their thanks to İmamoğlu saying “It was a very nice holiday gift for us”. Table tennis match of İmamoğlu and Genç caused colorful moments. İmamoğlu responded to Genç's “I didn't listen to a guest or something” joke with “I didn't feel a guest”. Imamoglu and the accompanying delegation took a walk in the area opened to service and watched the view from the viewing terrace.
İMAMOĞLU: “A VERY ENJOYABLE AREA”
Speaking at the opening speech, İmamoğlu said: “We had a complete preparation for an event; but this process affects everything. We worked with limitations, but we got to a pretty good point. Atatürk City Forest, this natural wonder place in Hacıosman, has become a place where our citizens can come and do their daily sports very easily. Our friends have made their preparations as you see them for sports purposes, walking purposes, without disturbing their natural state. Our ground preferences are like this. A very enjoyable area. They have 3 ponds. There will be different routes. We are talking about a 12-kilometer walking track. An area of over 1000 acres is in the heart of the city. Our citizen will say: 'Why are we deprived of such a place?' It belongs to our citizen from now on. It is a very enjoyable spot, both on May 19, on the Youth and Sports Day, and on which the name of our ancestor will remain and there is a metro stop in the heart of the city, at both points in the north and south. Today, we are honored to serve this place to Istanbulites. It is a beautiful green area that belongs to the people of Istanbul. Best wishes. Hopefully, I imagine that we will have very nice activities, sports, walking moments and conversations with our nurses on the days when we are together, those days we have been through. Let's say it is short. Happy holidays. ”