Urban parks as a significant component of urban green area system are urban prestige areas that support social life while increasing urban landscape quality, ensuring the ecological, aesthetic and educational sustainability of the city that are accessible and provide means of recreation to citizens in addition to positive impact on urban climate. Whereas ecological parks are evaluated by ecological approaches with regard to landscape planning, design and management contrary to traditional urban park understanding. Establishing sustainable design setups as a sub-system within the whole urban ecosystem are among the main objectives of ecological parks within the scope of ecological approach. In this scope, Bartın City selected as the study area that is located at the Western Black Sea Region of Turkey. A total of four parks were selected inside Bartın City that display different characteristics with their ecological values and have unique local identities. In the study, the ecological, aesthetic, educational and recreational contributions to Bartın City of the study area was discussed with regard to the (i) determination of the ecological, aesthetic, educational and recreational functions, (ii) evaluation of the current status in accordance with expert opinions with regard to ecological indicators, (iii) putting forth the ecological park potentials of the parks, (iv) potential of being an ecological park for the four selected parks. The study carried out is important for determining the potential of the parks selected inside Bartın City with regard to sustainable ecological park design.
Anahtar Kelimeler: Ecological Parks, Sustainable Landscape Design, Ecological Indicators, Expert Opinion, Bartın