The 5 National Gardens (Baruthane, Çırpucu, Basaksehir, Kayaşehir, Hoşdere), which gave Istanbul a new green space of 1.5 million square meters, were opened with a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

Turkey's first national gardens, Basaksehir, Kayaşehir, Baruthane, Çırpucu and Hoşdere National Gardens were opened with a ceremony. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vice President Fuat Oktay, Turkish Parliament President Binali Yildirim, Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Mevlut Uysal, Minister of Environment and Urbanization Murat Kurum, Minister of Treasury and Finance Berat Albayrak, Minister of Science and Industry Mustafa Varank, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, Minister of Family, Labor and Social Services Zehra Emerald Selçuk, Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Minister of Youth and Sports Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu, Governor of Istanbul Ali Yerlikaya, Head of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbas, ministers, lawmakers, representatives of political parties, several guests and thousands of citizens attended.

Minister of Environment and Urbanization Murat Kurum: "OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE A NATIONAL GARDEN FOR EVERY CITY"
Stating that they will build a National Garden in each city, the institution said, "I would like to thank our president, who is at the forefront of our environmental and urban cause. Since we took office, we've seen the problems in place and come up with solutions. We have completed our plans for what needs to be done and started work. We started work on 33 National Gardens in 18 provinces. Our goal is to build at least 1 National Garden in each of our cities."

Erdogan stated that they fulfilled another of the commitments in the 100-day execution program with the national gardens that were opened. It's not over, we're doing it, we're going to do it." "Basaksehir National Garden is equipped with facilities to meet all needs from mosque to indoor car park, biological pond to fragrance gardens, event meadow to national country house, walking and cycling paths to playgrounds. When we open our national garden at Ataturk Airport, the green space rate in Istanbul will increase much higher. Istanbul will be another beautiful, more beautiful. That suits us, that suits this nation. Those who burn in the name of environmentalism, who do the sightseeing events, who stand in front of everything for the good of the country, come and look at these national gardens and see what real environmentalism is. In addition, work on 33 national gardens in 18 provinces has reached the final stage. Our goal is to hopefully give each of our cities a national garden. We see the March 31, 2019 elections as the 'Gonul Municipality' election. That's how we named it, heart municipality. What are we going to do about it? We will conquer the hearts. Service required but not enough. What's enough? Winning hearts. We have come to take hearts."


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