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"Another perspective view of a frozen pool (Surface area of ​​pool is 45 782 square meters) of Youth Park that is one of Ankara's symbols."

"From Wikipedia,
Ankara Gençlik Park
Location Ankara, Turkey
Coordinates 39°56′15″N 32°51′00″E / 39.93742°N 32.84998°E / 39.93742; 32.84998Coordinates: 39°56′15″N 32°51′00″E / 39.93742°N 32.84998°E / 39.93742; 32.84998
Area 27.5 ha (68 acres)
Created 1943; 69 years ago (1943)

Gençlik Parkı (literally Youth Park) is a public park in Ankara, Turkey.

1 Geography
2 History
3 The park in the 2000s
4 References

The 27.5 ha (68 acres) park is almost at the center of Ankara. Its altitude is about 850 m (2,790 ft), which makes it one of the lowest points of Ankara. It is surounded by Ulus Square in the north, Opera house in the east, Selim Sırrı Tarcan Sports Hall and Ankara Central Station in the south and, 19 Mayıs Stadium in the west.

During the early years of the republic, the place, where now the park is, was a marshland. After the marshes were dried up, the park was established and opened to public on 19 May 1943, the National Youth Day.[1]
There were coffee houses around the 42,000 m2 (0.016 sq mi) main pool, a swimming pool, a luna park, an open air theatre and tracks. In 1957, two miniature trains were established within the park area as a part of ammusement.

The park in the 2000s
After restoration and renovation works, there are now a cultural center, youths' center and Ankara Municipality Convention Hall as well as 43 kiosks in the park. During nights light performances are held in the main pool.[2] Also a science museum is under construction.

1. Akitera news (Turkish)
2. Ankara Municipality page (Turkish)"

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