A ceremony was held at 19:23 last night to mark the official opening of the Şehit Fethiye Bey Parkı opposite the Devlet (State) Hospital in Fethiye.

In June 2017, Fethiye Times published an article about the proposed recreation area that was planned for the waste land opposite the hospital.

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Wasteland opposite the Devlet Hospital where the recreation area was planned.

Click on the link below if you missed the article .

Waterways, walkways, wildlife and play areas – a new recreational area for Fethiye

The 68,000 m2 development has taken just over a year to complete and we went along to enjoy the ceremony and see if the park would live up to expectations.

It did…

Şehit Fethi Bey Parkı – in photos

Hoş Geldiniz

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There is an entrance is just behind the lighthouse at Akarca

First impressions are of green and space; a well thought out layout with plenty of areas to relax.

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Sit, relax and enjoy

There are different styles of seating all around the park including sun loungers with views across the bay, picnic benches, gazebos and hammocks. There’s even a library where you can enjoy the books provided.

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READ! books – newspapers – magazines
READ! books – newspapers – magazines

Walkways, waterways and windmills

Walkways and waterways meander through the park, adorned with statues, windmills, water wheels and much more…

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The circular walkway with views across the park and the bay

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Something for the children

A park isn’t a park without play areas for the children and the designers have excelled themselves with an amazing area that has child safe flooring and something for all ages.

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There’s even something for the grown up children…

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Getting around

It’s a massive area and there are signs to help you find your way around if you’re looking for something in particular, as well as a water fountain if you’re thirsty and plenty of bins to help keep the area clean.

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Car parking

There has been a lot of speculation as to whether there would be parking facilities to which, the answer is yes. There is car parking although it isn’t clear at the moment if it will be extended further.

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Şehit Fethi Bey Parkı is officially open

As the sun started to go down and 19:23 approached hundreds of people gathered for the official opening ceremony, which was attended by Fethiye Governor, Muzzafer Şahiner, Fethiye Mayor, Behçet Saatçı and other dignitaries. Speeches, music and folk dancing marked the occasion.

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Why 19:23?

The history of modern Turkey begins with the foundation of the republic on October 29, 1923, with Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk) as its first president.

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We left the park as the sun went down, leaving further exploring for another day.

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We’ll definitely be back…

 

12 COMMENTS

  1. Beautiful well done all involved. Can’t wait to come and see it as watched it taking shape September 2017 and June 2018

  2. Fantastic. Have been coming to Calis/Fethiye since 1988, what a transformation over there years. I just love it.

  3. Thanks for the article and photos, cant wait to use it as this year ill be staying close by for one month. I will arrive Sept 29th in time to run again your 5k marathon.
    See you then

    • Hello Suzanne

      How lovely to hear from you.

      We look forward to seeing you at Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) again. Please come and say hello.

      Kind regards

      Lyn Ward.

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