Many of you who live in (or are regular visitors to) Fethiye will be familiar with the large patch of undeveloped waste ground opposite the Fethiye State Hospital (Devlet) on the main road into Çalış.
What’s happened so far?
Bulldozers and dumper trucks have carried out work at intervals over the past few years and there has been much speculation as to what would happen with the land.
We decided it was time to investigate and see what we could find out.
Sarah Louise Dunn went along, on behalf of Fethiye Times, to meet with the director of the Parks & Gardens department, Mr. Durmuş Sazcı, to talk about what we can expect to see and when exactly the development will be completed.
What are the plans?
The plan is for a large recreational park for the residents of Fethiye, young and old, to enjoy. After budgeting discussions with Muğla City Municipality, a plan was finally drawn up as to what exactly the project will involve.
The basic theme for the 68,000 m2 development is more natural than the existing parks in the town and includes canals feeding into a large circular moat. The moat will encircle a 2500m2 viewing platform/terrace.
A new home for Fethi Bey
This large new area will be used for meetings, gatherings and performances and will be overlooked by the Şehit Fethi Bey memorial statue, currently located opposite the amphitheatre in the centre of town.
Pilot Fethi Bey, complete with his graceful wings, is due to be transported to the new park and placed in a prime position as an important symbol for the town of Fethiye.
Waterways, walkways, wildlife and play areas
The plans include canals and ponds with wind and water mills and natural stone banks. In addition to this, the grounds will feature walkways, open air libraries, a large skate park, over 5000m2 of children’s play area, a basketball court and an activity/exercise area designated for older children and adults.
When will it be finished?
At present, the development is looking at a completion date of around June 2018.
One last question
One question on a lot of peoples’ minds is:
“Upon completion, will we be able to walk/run/cycle all the way from the start of the existing Fethiye harbour right through to Çalış promenade?”
Yes and No
The answer to this question is yes and no.
Çalış Kuş Cenneti (The bird paradise wetlands) are a protected area. This means the promenade cannot follow the sea shore all the way to Çalış.
The route will veer in front of the state hospital, briefly leaving the sea shore, before turning back towards to sea and into Çalış.
After a long period of waiting, it looks like things are starting to move towards creating an area that people can enjoy for many years to come.
Watch this space for further updates.
We are unable to bring you a copy of the plans at present as they are not yet in the public domain.