The official opening of ECO Park took place on November 26, 2012 in Tehran in the presence of H.E. Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif , Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Ghalibaf, Mayor of Tehran , H.E. Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the ECO Member States, several dignitaries and officials compromising Mr. Ahmad Masjed Jamei, the Chairman of Tehran City Council, H.E. Shamil Alasgarov , ECO Secretary General and Mr. Iftikhar Husain Arif, President of ECO Cultural Institute (ECI).
Referring to the common culture and heritage of the ECO Members, H.E. Dr. Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran stated that: for serious and comprehensive cooperation between ECO member states which are significant countries in the region, we need to create important symbols. He also extended his gratitude to the Mayor of Tehran, ECO Secretary General, President of ECO Cultural Institute, Abbas Abad Renovation Company and his colleagues in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who contributed to this project.
Mr. Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, Mayor of Tehran also stressed the significance of cultural cooperation amongst the ECO Member States and expressed that Tehran Municipality is willing to work out a long term plan to preserve the precious cultural heritage of the region with the support and participation of concerned local authorities of the ECO countries.
Mr. Arif, the President of ECO Cultural Institute while expressing satisfaction for allocation of a large park to ECO countries declared: ECO Park serves not only as a civic venue but also as a practical medium in the arena of civic diplomacy as well as the cultural diplomacy of the Economic Cooperation Organization. The establishment of this Park in Tehran, and other member countries in the future, will pave the way for strengthening ties among the ECO nations.
Later at the event, a memorial plaque in shape of a tree made of marble, built to a height of three meters and weighing three tons as well as a commemoration stamp marking 2 decades of expanded cooperation in Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), designed by ECO Cultural Institute and published by Iran's Post Office, were unveiled.
The park is part of a colossal cultural center located in Abbas Abad Hills, a large north-central neighborhood of Tehran, Iran. Cultural and artistic programs by the ECO countries in collaboration with ECO Cultural Institute are planned to be organized in the park.
The proposal to build ECO-Park was approved at its 3rd BOT (Board of Trustees Meeting) of ECO Cultural Institute held in Islamabad, Pakistan in 2007. The ECO Park has been constructed by Abbas Abad Renovation Company which is affiliated with Tehran Municipality.