📩 05/12/2022 10:36
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality laid the foundation of Kocaçay Sustainable Urban Design Area, which will improve the life quality of Seferihisar, Turkey's first Cittaslow. The project, which will be built on an area of 88,5 thousand square meters with a resource of 136 million lira, will be the new attraction center of the district as well as stream improvement. Stating that investments will continue in Seferihisar at the groundbreaking ceremony of the project, President Soyer gave messages on rail system and agro tourism. In his speech, President Soyer stated that impoverishment and polarization in Turkey is not destiny, repeating his messages of hope, “Something will change, everything will change. There is very little left,” he said.
Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç Soyerlaid the foundation of the urban design area to be created in Seferihisar Kocaçay Creek. In addition to the creek improvement, the groundbreaking ceremony of the project, which will turn into an area where the people of İzmir can meet with greenery and relax, walk and do sports in the fresh air, Tunç Soyer and his wife Neptün Soyer, as well as Seferihisar Mayor İsmail Adult, political party representatives, council members, headmen, heads of cooperatives, representatives of non-governmental organizations and many Seferihisar residents.
President Tunç SoyerSeferihisar Children's Municipality was the first to meet at the ceremony area. Chairman Soyer examined the project area and got information. Expressing that the Kocaçay project is a big dream, Chairman Soyer said, “We have always been in search of resources to reveal this beauty in Kocaçay for many years. In the first days when I started working in Seferihisar, we said the following; 'Seferihisar is a pearl in an oyster and we will unearth that pearl'. Make sure we do little. After taking office here, we took some steps like karakılçık, children's municipality, fairy tale houses. We continue these in Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Kocaçay was the apple of our eye. This project was a big dream. This area that we will create here will increase the quality of Seferihisar and increase its added value. We will create a beautiful space in Seferihisar where people can spend peaceful time with their children and loved ones.”
Rail system and agro tourism message to Seferihisar
Stating that the investments will continue in Seferihisar, President Soyer said, “What we will do for Seferihisar will not end. Seferihisar is the apple of Izmir's eye. Seferihisar deserves much more. You will see, the heart of agro tourism, where agriculture and tourism meet, will beat in Seferihisar. We moved many of the things we started here to İzmir, but some of them were not available in Seferihisar. For example, rail systems. The time has come, my dear brothers," he said.
“Don't say it doesn't get any worse than this”
President Soyer, who gave messages of hope to the citizens in his speech, said, “Our Anatolia is an extraordinary geography that has the most fertile lands in the world and has hosted the most rooted civilizations of the world. This extraordinary geography offers us enormous potentials. We do not live a life in harmony with the opportunities this potential offers us. The whole thing explodes here. Someone is trying to maintain their existence by taking advantage of our impoverishment and our shortcomings and clinching their power. But rest easy. This is not destiny and we are not destined for it. We don't have to. We have the power to establish a much better quality of life in the lands that are home to these extraordinary civilizations. There is no reason why we shouldn't live a life like in the rich countries of the world. We are capable of much more. But for this we need a few things. We have to put aside our personal egos and personal ambitions. If we cannot restrain our ambitions and egos, we will lose more. We say we hit the bottom; make sure there is a lower, lower. Don't say it doesn't get any worse than this. We can go up. We need one foundation and that is to be shoulder to shoulder. to cooperate with each other," he said.
“Something will change, everything will change”
President Soyer said, “There are reasons that unite us much more than the reasons that separate us from each other. They hid this from us. They created policies to polarize us, to distinguish us from each other. They made us enemies with each other. We will not fall into these traps. It's over now. Those policies have come to an end; you will see. Rest assured, Turkey is walking towards that beautiful goal. We will walk together, you will see. Something will change, everything will change. There is very little left,” he said.
“Kocaçay will now be a meeting place for Seferihisar”
Saying that the population of Seferihisar is increasing and continues to be a center of attraction, Seferihisar Mayor İsmail Adult said, “Some projects can even change the flow of daily life in cities. Today, we are witnessing the beginning of a new era for the district center of Seferihisar. Very soon, we will have an urban design area in the city center where we don't have to go far from home to breathe for social life and meet nature and soil, where children play safely. Kocaçay will now be a meeting place for Seferihisar. Kocaçay was a project that the people of Seferihisar have been waiting for with excitement for many years.”
After the speeches, Mayor Soyer and the protocol started the work at the construction site in Kocaçay by pressing the button together with the children of Seferihisar Children's Municipality.
It will be transformed into a sustainable urban design area.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality is preparing to turn Seferihisar Kocaçay Creek into a center of attraction for the people of Izmir. A resource of 88,5 million lira has been allocated for Kocaçay Stream, which will be transformed into a sustainable urban design area. With the project to be built on an area of 136 thousand square meters, observation terraces, a plant island and a pedestrian bridge will be built as well as stream rehabilitation. Within the scope of the project, which is planned to be completed in 2024, 484 trees will be planted in the area. Wooden sun terrace, sitting units, walking paths and playgrounds will be created on the edge of the creek surrounded by a green fence made of carbon-retaining plants.