Atatürk Forestry Farm to become sports complex

Over 250,000 square meters of the Atatürk Forestry Farm, including sports complexes and other buildings, will be transferred to the Youth and Sports General Directorate.

July 19, 2008, Saturday/ 19:46:00
A parliamentary commission has approved a bill seeking to transfer land from the Atatürk Forestry Farm (AOÇ), often called the lungs of Ankara, to the Youth and Sports General Directorate (GSGM) so that more sports facilities can be built.
The National Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Commission approved the bill, which seeks to amend the law that established the Atatürk Forestry Farm as well as several other related laws and transfer 258,186 square meters of AOÇ land, which includes sports complexes and other buildings, to the GSGM for 49 years free of charge.

The GSGM will have the authority to take any measure needed to ensure the proper use of sports fields by sports clubs and federations. Sports complexes built and to be built on this land will not be open for use other than what they were designed for. The complexes will be run by the GSGM as well as sports federations and sports clubs that have received approval by the Environment and Forestry General Directorate. If the complexes are run by sports clubs, the GSGM will have to transfer 50 percent of the rental income to the Environment and Forestry General Directorate, and managers will hand over 2 percent of profit to the directorate. Federations will not be required to make these payments.

The bill also foresees amending the Coastal Law. If the amendment passes, private administrations, municipalities and special provincial administrations will be able to build any kind of sports complex and accommodation to house athletes along the coast for travelers and tourists in accordance with a GSGM project promoting sports in coastal areas.

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