Istanbul Park in Odessa – a modern picturesque park with an area of 2.7 hectares with a landscaped area. It opened just recently, but has already become a popular holiday destination for Odessa citizens and tourists.
The park on the slopes of Primorsky Boulevard existed from the XIX century, experiencing the best and worst times in terms of accomplishment. In recent years, the square was abandoned and in 2013 the city authorities conceived the idea of reconstructing it for the 20th anniversary of sister-city relations between Odessa and Istanbul. Since then, the park is called Istanbul Park.
The first stone of the new park was laid in the same 2013, but the real work began in 3 years at the expense of the money allocated by the municipality of Istanbul. To the reconstruction of the square was spent 1.5 million dollars. The landscape design of the park was developed by Turkish specialists, and the plant company “Gorzelentrest” was engaged in the planting of plants. In the park, flower beds were planted, which are repeated by the Turkish national ornaments.
In the process of reconstruction, trails of gravel were laid, all the slopes were covered with a green lawn and equipped with benches, lighting was carried out. The highlight of the Istanbul park is the central square, on which is located a fountain, a cozy gazebo and a small pump-room in the oriental style.
For the comfort of visitors in the park, informative signs with a plan of the territory are everywhere, also free Wi-Fi and toilets are provided.
An unnamed grotto, artificially made from a savage stone in the 1890s, during the reconstruction of the park turned into a fountain called the “Grotto of Diana”.
Initially, the grotto was a drainage system, which drained water from a nearby fountain. With the development of the water supply system in this function, the need for the mainsail became an unusual park object, which locals and guests of Odessa liked to climb.
Since 2017, the renewed Grotto of Diana is the main attraction of the Istanbul park. Near the fountain there are continuous photos, visitors wait patiently for their turn to take a photo and throw a coin.
In the lower part of the Istanbul park for children there are several playgrounds with various swings and slides.