Seafront park ready in 2013

Environment Minister Giorgos Souflias said yesterday that a plan to transform Hellenikon in southern Athens into Europe’s largest metropolitan park will be complete in seven years and that about 20 percent of it will be turned into buildings as a means of financing the project. The minister said that the park, which faces the sea, will stretch over 400 hectares. Residential and commercial buildings will be constructed to lift the financial cost from taxpayers. «The creation of the Hellenikon metropolitan park will be a major project… that will improve the quality of life in Athens,» the minister said. The park will include recreational areas, baseball and softball venues used during the Athens Olympic Games and parking for cars. A plan regarding the building of the park will be ready in seven months’ time and will then be open to discussion by all parties involved, such as local councils and prefectures.