Work is to begin next month on what is being billed as “the TRNC’s biggest and most beautifully landscaped national park”.
Alsancak Mayor Fırat Ataser said he was preparing to start on the “jewel” of all his projects, the 186-dönüm Alsancak National Park to be created in forest land opposite Escape Beach, as reported by Cyprus Today in March.
“We will lay the foundations for two kilometres of cycling and two kilometres of walking pathways, which will have recreational areas, and construct the water feature in what will be the centre of the park,” he said.
“Then there will be construction of kiosks, cafés and toilets, followed by children’s play areas. We hope to complete all of this by April. This will be followed by the second phase, when we will build tennis courts and a football pitch, and lay out lush green landscaped gardens, with plants and shrubs and maintain the surrounding pine trees.”
Mr Ataser said he aimed to complete the park in 2017, and to build a tunnel under the main road connecting it to the municipality beach, which is to be cleared of rocks.
The park, costing between four and five million TL, is being funded by the Turkish Embassy’s Aid Delegation and the municipality, and created in cooperation with Girne American University.
By Kerem Hasan for Cyprus Today