Not so long ago, a park was renovated on Primorsky Boulevard, which since 2013 has been called Istanbul. It received its present name in honor of twin-city.
Prymorsky Boulevard and its slopes were settled in the times of the ancient Greeks – two and a half thousand years ago. It is hard to believe, but in the first decades after the founding of Odessa, on the territory of the present boulevard and its slopes there were military territories. Here were located the barracks, as well as the poorest huts and the city dump.
The systematic landscaping of the slopes of the boulevard began only in the 70s of the XIX century, 50 years after the founding of the boulevard itself. In those days, they were called the lower part of Nikolaevsky Boulevard. In the Soviet period, the entire territory of the slopes was called Pioneer, and then the Lunar Park. The first Soviet name slopes received from the Vorontsov Palace, which was then called the Palace of Pioneers. By the end of the XX century, the territory of the slopes fell into decay.
In 2013, the Istanbul municipality allocated funds ($ 1.5 million) for the reconstruction of part of the slopes of the boulevard in the area from the Potemkin Stairs to the building of the Odessa City Hall. The gift to Odessa was made in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the twin-city of Odessa and Istanbul. On May 26, 2017, the grand opening of the Istanbul Park took place. On the same day, the restoration of the Potemkin Stairs was completed.
Today, the park area is more than two and a half hectares. The flowerbeds remind the Turkish national ornament, the paths in the park are covered with gravel. On the central square of the park there is a ship with flags of Ukraine and Turkey, and also a photo that showing the park before and after reconstruction….