Vehbi Koc (1901-1996) is memorialized in bronze at the entrance to the park.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Vehbi Koc Nature Park
As you drive on the 2nd bridge over the Bosphorus, from Europe to Asia, you see a large Turkish flag flying on top of a treed hill. That hill, named Otagtepe, is home to the Vehbi Koc Nature Park. Today, the skies were very clear, so I called a taxi and had him drive me up there. The park is part of a conservation program established by one of Turkey's industrialist families, named Koc. The park had just received crates of pansies to plant along borders.