We like to follow changes and developments in Fethiye. In May of last year, we posted about Phase 2 of the new Fethiye harbour and earlier this year, we updated on the new restaurants that were being built along Phase 2. It's a minor obsession.
Well, way back in February, we did a post about us happening upon the advertising hoardings for a new Fethiye town square along the harbour and we took a photo of the soily, muddy area where the proposed square was going to be. (Click the link to view the start point). Since then, much has happened and, as far as the harbour's concerned, it's been a bit of a summer of discontent. Well, you can't take on such a task without causing a bit of disruption, can you? Locals and tourists alike have spent the hot summer months picking their way along this stretch of harbour as diggers and workers toil away beside them. But now, it's all starting to come together and we're starting to get a picture of the final product...
June - Can you tell what it is yet?The harbour became more of a dust track than a promenade as diggers and dumper trucks trundled up and down, offloading marble, topsoil, tiles, trees and plants. Cement trucks poured concrete into steel frames arranged in circular patterns and we guessed these must be for the water features. A huge open space that had been cleared in front of Dispanser was paved in marble and holes left at regular intervals. For fountains? We'll wait and see.
Landscaping the new town square in FethiyeLandscaping came next, and trees trained into weird and wonderful shapes were planted around the suspected water features. Palm trees of different varieties were planted to line the harbour and the suspected water features were adorned in blue and white mosaic tiles.
When you live somewhere and you see the same things going on each day, you don't really notice how things are taking shape. But one day in July as we were walking to Fethiye market, we were stopped in our tracks and, for once, we were speechless. The topiary arrived!
Fethiye's new tourist attractionWe weren't quite sure what to make of our little leafy horse and cart, complete with wooden wheels and leafy driver - but then what do we know? Since his arrival, we've seen countless people having their photos taken in front of Fethiye's new tourist attraction. And the topiary doesn't stop there...
TopiaryA walk along Fethiye harbour will reveal sightings of leafy windsurfers, daisies, other flowers (no, we don't know what they are), storks, dolphins and swans. We've probably missed some out but you'll have to walk around the square and see for yourself.
August saw continued work and the completion of all the lighting. Grass seed was laid and the seating areas arrived. Now we're in September and completion is not far away.
It's starting to take shapeWe were around there yesterday and the harbour is now lined with benches, seating areas have been built around the different features, paths have been laid, the grass seed is starting to take hold, wooden huts (snack kiosks?) are being built and, most importantly, people are starting to use the square.
But until yesterday, we hadn't seen any evidence of the show piece. The new Fethiye town square was supposed to have a clock tower.
Clock tower?We've been in Izmir for a few days so we don't know when this arrived but could the red, steel frame in the centre of this circle be the new clock tower? We're guessing so - and we'll find out all in good time.
Fethiye town square is set for completion in the next few weeks and no doubt there will be an official opening with water features and fountains on full show. If we're around, we'll be there, armed with camera.