It began on October 30th, 2011; when the first bricks and concrete began to fall from the walls of the old Tansas building and multi-level public parking in the centre of Marmaris. The demolitian took about 4 months and then the site was cleared. In its place was to be a project like no other. A first ever development – for the public to enjoy. A place where everyone who came to Marmaris, who lived in Marmaris could have a square to enjoy the splendid weather and scenery of Marmaris; a lovely place to relax and unwind, or a meeting place for friends and family to gather.
Up until its completion, the only other three places where celebrations and festivities could be held were the Ataturk Square, the small amphitheatre on the waterfront in the old town and the Marmaris Amphitheatre in the Armutalan district. However, excluding the Marmaris Amphitheatre, the two areas seem insufficient to accommodate large number of visitors, while the other amphitheatre isn’t quite located central. Now Marmaris has a new square, completed on May 18th, 2012; a city square that suits it well, and one that is, as the Mayor put it, “dedicated to the youth of Marmaris”.
The new Marmaris city square boasts over 5,000 plants comprised of 100 different species. The square offers a great deal of bordered seating areas, a beautiful waterfall, and charming bridge that leads to the bathroom facilities, set above a small pool with lovely fountains. There are shaded areas that border the northwest area and most prominently of all the features, the massive musical fountain pool situated in the wide open area of the square. The landscape architecture is quite unique and very pleasing to the eye. There are also plenty of lighting, so it sparkles when the sun goes down.
Since it’s recent completion the majority of reactions from locals and tourists alike have been overwhelmingly positive. Many are quite excited, if not proud to live and share a place with such an exclusive and rather pleasing appeal. However there are some that have mixed feelings about the square. Some say that there should have been parking allocated if not above ground, underground. Well that may be a point of debate; and a considerable thought. However, in my opinion, if it had gone in that direction, firstly the project probably would not have made it in time for its grand opening, and secondly it may have caused more traffic in an area where pedestrian traffic is quite high. It could have also spoiled the atmosphere intended for the square.
While others state that there could have been more green landscaped areas. Again this can be debatable.
When the old Tansas building was there, Marmaris seemed to look smaller, darker and considered a total eye soar for many Marmaris enthusiasts. Now that it is gone and in its place a well thought of, superbly designed, magnificent city square; Marmaris looks brighter, modern and an even better place to spend holidays and living.
As we look over to the new Marmaris city square, the following morning after the grand opening, we see that already people of all ages, families, couples, retirees, are strolling around, sitting by the gardens having an ice cream and enjoying what was once a dream project, come true. A great deal of appreciation and thanks is owed to the Mayor of Marmaris, Mr. Ali Acar and all those who contributed and worked long and hard to make it happen in such a short period of time.
All in all, this new city square is well deserved and definitely has done Marmaris a great justice. I am confident that as time goes by we will all enjoy it and look forward to many more festivities in the square.
The new centre piece of Marmaris… Welcome to the 19 May Youth Square in one of Turkey’s most beautiful seaside cities, Marmaris!
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