A new era in Turkey's urban planning is set to begin with the transformation of old stadiums and airports into “People’s Garden”.
Amid the opening of Istanbul’s new airport, the Ataturk Airport in the western part of the port city will be transformed into a 12-million square meter garden, the Turkish president has announced.
Speaking at a televised interview Tuesday night, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “Instead of a 12 million square meters Ataturk Airport, there will be ‘People’s Garden’.
This is equal to four times of Central Park… We plan to implement this project in all our provinces.
We will also transform the racetrack in Ankara into a people’s garden.”
Erdogan in another interview also said the current airport terminal building could be used as a fairground and/or a museum, adding: “Projects will be shaped according to our needs.”
With the new giant garden in place of Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, the Turkish president argues families will, at last, get a chance to spend time in nature.