Site Visits
1. İzmir Wildlife Park and Wastewater Treatment Plant
2. Kadifekale Urban Renewal Project and Agora Open Air Museum
3. Esrefpasa Municipality Hospital and Bostanli Recreation Area (Cycling)
4. Child and Youth Centre and Culturepark (Jogging)
5. Zubeyde Hanim Elderly House and Tepekule (Smyrna)

İzmir Metropolitan Municipality have been started to services about environment for its citizen from their childhood with its zoo that own since 1936 and thus it has been succeeded raised the level of consciousneess of public when considering the opening years of existing zoo, while a modern institutionit is planned to serve in a more modern concept which developing technology and knowledge and with completing the construction of İzmir Wildlife Park it was transferred to current place in 2008. It’s enables visitors visiting in their natural environment. İzmir Wildlife Park, covering an area of 425 thousand square meters with more than 1300 different animals and 120 species, has been opened to visitors at the date of November 30, 2008. İzmir Wildlife Park has been accepted as full member of EAZA in 2011 and hosted for EAZA meeting. EAZA has important place for protection of the ecology of the world and members have necessitated to made the provision of these standards by EAZA.


Çiğli Wastewater Treatment Plant is constructed in the scope of the Great Channel Project in order to save the Bay of İzmir from water pollution. Within the grand channel project, the main collector line, which is almost 65 km long and constructed along the coast of the bay, is starting from southwest region of Izmir to north region of Izmir where Çiğli wastewater treatment plant is located. The wastewater is conveyed to Çiğli Wastewater Treatment Plant through pumping stations in Gümrük, Bayraklı, Karşıyaka and Çiğli. The system also consists of 95 km of secondary collector lines and 4150 km sewerage piping networks. The treatment plant works on the principle of phosphorous and nitrogen treatment with activated sludge process. It is constructed on an area of 300 thousand squared meters at the delta of former Gediz River Bed in Çiğli_Tuzla region. Çiğli wastewater treatment plant is completed in 2000 and started to treat wastewater of the city. The plant consists of 3 parallel lines, which can receive an average dry weather inflow of 7 cubic meters per second (605,000m3/day). The wastewater is treated by using advanced biological treatment systems and discharged to the middle bay through a 2.5 km long discharge with open channel. 


Kadifekale 2006 (before the Project)                  Kadifekale 2012 (after the Project)
“Kadifekale Urban Renewal Project” is a crucial intervention with regard to measures for disasters, which is supposed to serve for sustainable urban and healthy life.
In order to create healthy living circumstances in the slum areas, Metropolitan Municipality has determined 15 areas as "Central City Urban Renewal-Rehabilitation Program Areas" on the basis of 1:25000 scale İzmir Urban Area Master Plan. In this sense, geologically prejudicial areas are given priority as they already seem to alarm for a threat of loss of life and property.
As a project which achieved its aim in terms of “having been put into effect prior to a disaster”, “Kadifekale Urban Renewal Project” has been a project that values human life but not economic rent. The rehabilated urban area will gain a new identity for those who live under the threat of disaster and these people will be provided with the social requirements which will enable them to live in healthy circumstances. Meanwhile, İzmir will have an extra recreation area of 42 hectare. Beyond all, the historical value of Kadifekale will be revealed and thus, it will be a tourism attraction.

It is a market place founded in the period of Alexander the Great. Its repaired state after the eathquake in AD 178 has reached the day. Excavations works are still under way in a section of the Agora. Besides these archaeological works supported by the İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, the surroundings of the historical building are cleared through ongoing expropriation works, thus ensuring Agora to be integrated into the city. Agora and its environment have been projected to be designed as “ History and Art Park”.


‘Esrefpasa Hospital’ has been serving for people’s health since 1908 and is the unique municipal hospital in Turkey. All medical services and the latest medical technology for diagnosis and treatments are ready for patients. There are 200 bed capacity. It also deals with the people’s preventive health and for this reason there are some training programmes for the people about basic preventive medicine in their own neighborhood.


Beginning from Bostanli Recreation Area, 16-km bicycle path reaches Wild Life Park. Environmentally conscious İzmir residents, who desire to be healthy, ride bicycle with pleasure cycle with pleasure in a path that enables them to breathe sea air and experience the visual feast of several birds, including even flamingos. Come on, ride a bicycle for healthy life!


Child and Youth Center serves for children and youth (and their families) between the ages of 7-22 and whose access to urban opportunities is limited. Center is in Yenisehir district in the middle of four Romany neighborhoods. All studies are performed in a holistic approach to manage and follow up a social support project that covers families beginning from their children.

The Culturepark which serves as the lungs of İzmir is a natural plant garden with extremely rich variety of plants. Besides, it is the largest and most important green area in the city. Therefore, a lot of people visit there for relaxing and feeling relieved after a tiring day in the city. A special importance is given to work of developing and protecting green areas. 200 types of trees and plants from all around the world exist in the park. You are invited to have some jogging in this area. Don’t forget to bring your jogging shoes!


Zubeyde Hanim Elderly House belongs to İzmir Metropolitan Municipality. It helps the elderly people with maintaining their lives in a peaceful atmosphere and provides residents with accomodation, food, social support and health services. It has 304 bed capacity.

It is the first site that Smyrna (İzmir) was built. The place has survived as settlement area as from 3000 BC. Research has revealed that Smyrna is the very first city, utilizing and implementing the "Grill Architecture" for urban planning. Tepekule hosts the oldest Temple of Athena and excavation works still continue.