A “green dream of Gush Dan” was achieved over the weekend after the Israel Lands Administration officially transferred 120 hectares (297 acres) of land from a private company to the hands of Ariel Sharon Park Company, the Environmental Protection Ministry said.
The ILA board and the company Hazera signed an agreement that by the end of the year, Hazera will deliver custody of the park lands to the government-owned park company, ministry announced on Sunday evening.
In doing so, the ILA removed the main obstacle that had been delaying further development of the park, and put an end to litigation that was being conducted on the subject between the Hazera company and the state for many years, the ministry said. The agreement will enable the completion of a geographical network of open greenery surrounding the rehabilitated garbage mountain, according to the ministry.
"Besides the geography continuity that will be created between open spaces and the garbage mountain itself, which is these days open to visitors, the areas that will be transmitted are a layer of the central vision of development in the heart of the park," said Esti Appelbaum-Polani, chairman of Ariel Sharon Park, in a statement released by her office.