IMM President Ekrem İmamoğluwas in Sarıyer Baltalimanı Mahallesi to add a new one to the Life Valleys it brought to Istanbul. Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony held for the first phase of the 'Baltalimanı Yaşam Vadisi', which will bring a total of 250 thousand new active green spaces to the city, İmamoğlu said that they not only brought an extraordinarily beautiful green area to Istanbul, but also solved the infrastructure problems and prevented the opening of the river banks to construction. Saying "I don't understand why it was hidden from the people of Istanbul" for the Atatürk City Forest, which was put into service in Sarıyer district in 2020, İmamoğlu said, "We are also presenting the model for developing natural areas in a natural way here. In the Black Sea, in Central Anatolia or Southeastern Anatolia, and in Istanbul, there are 'Nation Gardens' like the prototype. Impossible. People's lifestyles, habits, there are experts in this business. We are introducing a new model. We are realizing unique valleys, valleys where sports are practiced and which can be socialized with various themes.”
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) President Ekrem İmamoğluIstanbulites, with the 'Valley of Life' model, which he presented to the city while managing Beylikdüzü; have found green areas where they can rest, breathe, do sports and socialize. IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu and Sarıyer Mayor Şükrü Genç.
LUXURIOUS HOUSING BUILT IN AYAMAMA BY THE GOVERNMENT
In his speech, İmamoğlu stated that the streams of Istanbul could not be protected and said, “Right now, those who built cities on Istanbul's streams, those who built huge buildings, those who built luxury houses on the banks of the Ayamama Stream, as if the state needed them, caused problems. Most of them are unfortunately the work of the last 20-30 years. We can see that this was done during this period without going too far back. At the end of the day, sometimes we can call these mistakes 'betrayal'. This is betrayal. Sometimes it took lives, sometimes it left people in a difficult situation. God forbid, maybe in case of an earthquake, Istanbul has now turned into a threat area," he said.
Stating that a vision has been put forward to reverse these risks, the President of IMM said, “We collect rain water here and ensure that it reaches the sea or the Bosphorus over these streams in a healthy way. On the other hand, we prevent the mixing of sewers in these areas, that is, we carry out such rehabilitation. With these valleys we make, we do not only provide you with an extraordinarily beautiful green area above it. At the same time, we are accomplishing a really important job by solving infrastructure problems. In addition, we prevent the opening of such streams for construction," he said.
“I DON'T UNDERSTAND IN WHICH MIND THE ATATÜRK CITY FOREST WAS HIDDEN”
Explaining that great progress has been made in the field of green space only in Sarıyer in three years, Mayor İmamoğlu said the following about the projects implemented in the district and the Atatürk City Forest, which he calls 'a miraculous area': “Atatürk Urban Forest was put into service in 2020. Before this date, it was not possible to use this area. It was not open to our citizens. I don't understand why this place was hidden from the people of Istanbul. When we went to visit there with our mayor and our deputy, I was astounded. We put it into service in just over a year with a quick work…I call out to the people of Istanbul. You can go with the metro. You can get off at the stop and visit 1 million 200 thousand square meters. Büyükdere Nursery, where our friends have matured their projects, will also make 300 thousand square meters of land serve Sarıyer by agreeing to a large extent the financing of the nursery that Atatürk entrusted to us, by putting this into a mutual protocol and solving some of it with our own financing. We will do it very fast. There will also be a section that tells, conveys and gives trainings about the seed culture of this country, with its function, the field that Atatürk gifted to Istanbul as a nursery.”
“WE CREATE AUTHENTIC VALLEYS WITH THE NEW MODEL”
Noting that Kemerburgaz City Forest has turned into a very lively area with social activities, İmamoğlu said, “Of course, a park should be built. Here, we also present the model for developing natural areas in a natural way. In the Black Sea, in Central Anatolia or Southeastern Anatolia, and in Istanbul, there are 'Nation Gardens' like the prototype. No way... It's like TOKİ houses on the top of my village and TOKİ houses in Başakşehir or Nevşehir have the same architecture. People's lifestyles, habits, there are experts in this business. We are introducing a new model. We are realizing unique valleys, valleys where sports are practiced and which can be socialized with various themes.”
THE MOST BIGGEST PERIOD IN ACTIVE GREEN AREA
Saying, “When we divide this period into 5 years, perhaps the highest contribution to the active green area per capita in Istanbul's history, we will have made this period”, adding, “This city has done a lot of harm. There are some betrayals that are irreversible. But we will see that we will only make Istanbul very good, very beautiful in the first two terms of our power. Next, God bless. Then we will move Istanbul towards perfection. We will continue to give Istanbul's right to Istanbulites. With your prayers, we will continue to walk with determination. We will produce work, we will explain our work. We will never hesitate to tell you about the mistakes of others," he said.
“SARIYER MET WITH IMM”
Sarıyer Mayor Şükrü Genç, who participated in the groundbreaking ceremony of the project started in his district, expressed his satisfaction by expressing that they had met with IMM services in the last 3 years and said, “I want to be aware that such things are being done for the first time and to take care of this job. I thank you again and again for coming on behalf of all our people.”
WILL BE OPEN AT THE END OF THE YEAR
İBB Deputy Secretary General Arif Gürkan Alpay also shared the following information about the project: “Within the scope of this project, in addition to bringing a green valley to our city, we are also implementing wastewater and rainwater infrastructures that have been waiting for a solution for years. Within the scope of our project, we have a total area of 100 thousand square meters, a thousand 437 meters of uninterrupted bicycle path and 2 thousand 950 meters of walking axle. Its functions will include a book cafe, a buffet and three bridges. Along with children's playgrounds, street playgrounds, adult playgrounds, sports fields, a skate park and a climbing wall will also be available. At the end of this year, we will have put the first phase of all these, especially the 100 thousand square meters, into the use of our people.”