Yarkon National Park

Yarkon Park
Type Urban park
Location Tel Aviv, Israel
Area 3,500 dunams
Created 1973
Operated by Tel Aviv municipality
Visitors 16 million
Status Open all year

Yarkon Park (Hebrew: פארק הירקון‎, Park HaYarkon) is a large public urban park in Tel Aviv, Israel, with about sixteen million visitors annually.[1] Bounded by Rokach Boulevard on the north and Bavli on the south, the park includes extensive lawns, sports facilities, botanical gardens, an aviary, a water park, two outdoor concert venues and lakes.

History

Planning of the park began in 1969. When it was opened to the public in 1973, it was called Ganei Yehoshua, honoring Yehoshua Rabinovich, the mayor of Tel Aviv between 1969-1974.[2]

Landmarks

The park has six gardens: Gan HaBanim (Fallen Soldiers Memorial Garden), Gan Nifga'ei HaTeror (Terror Victims Memorial Garden), Gan HaSlaim (Rock Garden), Gan HaKaktusim (Cactus Garden), Gan HaGazum (Trimmed Garden), and Gan HaTropi (Tropical Garden).

The Rock Garden, one of the largest of its kind in the world, reflects Israel's geological diversity. In its 10-acre enclosure the rocks are interspersed with some 3,500 species of plants, including over six acres of cacti. The five-acre Tropical Garden has a wooden walkway shaded by palm trees leading to a small lake. The rainforest-like microclimate is supports a large variety of orchids and vines.

The Yarkon River runs through the park and reaches the Mediterranean Sea at the park's western edge, then connects into the Tel Aviv Port, an entertainment and tourism center. Despite clean-up efforts in the last few years, the river is still polluted. Despite its polluted waters, on July 2011 Tel Aviv's mayor, Ron Huldai, jumped into the water and swam in the lake. Nevertheless, the region has retained its biodiversity. It is home to an abundance of insects, water fowl, jackals, porcupines and mongoose.[3]

Entertainment

Yarkon Park has hosted concerts by some of the world's biggest international stars, among them Rihanna, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney,[4] Madonna, U2, Depeche Mode, Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers,[5] Elton John, Tina Turner, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Linkin Park, David Bowie, Eurythmics, Korn, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dire Straits, Foreigner, The Prodigy, Westlife & 5ive. World-famous Italian La Scala performed a free outdoor concert of Verdi’s Requiem in the park as a part of Tel Aviv's 100th anniversary celebrations, attracting about 100,000 people.[6]

It also hosts annual events such as the City Taste festival, and classical performances by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Israeli Opera.

See also

References

External links

  • Yarkon Park

Coordinates: 32°5′58.62″N 34°48′40.28″E / 32.0996167°N 34.8111889°E / 32.0996167; 34.8111889

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