A historic Lefkoşa park that once boasted a British Colonial-era railway station has been re-opened following a renovation project by Lefkoşa Turkish Municipality and mobile phone company Telsim.
Kumsal Park has been equipped with lighting, disabled-friendly features and a railway-themed children’s play area to reflect its past.
Trains ran between Kumsal Park and Gazi Mağusa from 1905 and between the park and Güzelyurt from 1907 although the tracks later fell into disuse.
There was musical entertainment featuring the municipality orchestra and the Joker Brass Band during an official opening ceremony last Friday when Telsim director Rasim Karas expressed his delight in helping to revive one of the city’s historic parks.
Lefkoşa Mayor Mehmet Harmancı began his speech by saying “welcome home” to local residents.
“Whether people have disabilities or not, they will be able to use this park, where we have attached great importance to sports and play areas,” he said.
Also present at the opening was First Lady Meral Akıncı, who said: “I am proud to be able to re-join my local friends for the first time in 40 years. My children were born and grew up in this area.”