This paper aims to determine the potentials and viability for opening quarries for a variety of amenity uses by people, thereby delivering greater value to the community and city authorities than the mining operations. Therefore, Eyup quarry area in Istanbul is analysed as an example. Istanbul went through an amazingly rapid industrialisation process that affected the whole country mainly after the 1950's. The speed and scale of this urbanisation depend on the built environment and affect the nature environment. The stone material, which is the basic necessity for the built environment of the city, has been provided from the stone quarry areas surrounding the city. However, today with the effect of the city sprawl, these stone quarry areas are squeezed in the dense residential areas. This situation affects the whole landscape of Istanbul. This paper is about setting up criteria for the quarries, which are being located in urbanised districts, need transformation from recontamination to recreational uses. These criteria are management conditions, ownership conditions, size of the site, location, accessibility, and recreation potential. When compared with the rest 6 chosen quarries, the Eyup quarry was chosen for transformation of landfill to urban landscape.