A call for tenders for four projects improving access and structures at the Lycabettus Hill will be issued before the end of the year, Athens Mayor George Kaminis said on Tuesday during a press conference.

The improvements fall under the ?Lycabettus Program: The present and future of Athens’s urban forest?, are worth three million euros, and are based on studies of the Agricultural University of Athens, the National Metsovion Polytechnic among others.

Projects include one to prevent erosion and flooding on its southeastern slope (above Gennadius Library), replacement of the walkway, in-depth cleaning of the hill in hard to access places and the creation of a heavy-traffic walkway 3 km long.

The plans include general repairs and the tendering of shut down caf?-bars on the hill, terraces protecting flora and fauna, and improvements in car access and parking around and on the hill.

?Lycabettus Hill bears a special meaning for Athens,? Mayor Kaminis said. ?If the Acropolis is the city's international symbol, Lycabettus is city's symbol for Athenians.?