The Jerusalem Municipality on Wednesday received the “2016 Design Award” from Ot Haltzuv, a consortium of designers and architects, for the Gazelle Valley Urban Wildlife Park, a nature reserve in the heart of capital that opened to the public last year.
Located between the neighborhoods of Patt and Givat Mordechai, the park features five ponds, two streams, bird-watching areas, a manmade island accessible by wooden bridges, and dozens of wild gazelles roaming free on over 25 hectares. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat deemed the award a victory for the people of Jerusalem over real estate developers who wanted the land to build an expensive residential complex.
“The park is an unprecedented public triumph for the municipality and the residents against the real estate sharks who wanted to build high-rise buildings,” he said. “This award reflects the great importance that we see in investing in the quality of life in the city and... of the many municipal officials working for the environment and the preservation of flora and fauna in Jerusalem.”