Dimona park 370.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael- Jewish National Fund will invest NIS 30 million in a
new, expansive park named after David Ben-Gurion in Dimona, the organization
announced on Sunday.
After 10 years of planning and applying for permit
approvals, KKL-JNF is beginning construction of the park in the month that marks
39 years after the former prime minister’s death.
The park will encompass
65 hectares (161 acres) of desert land, including a 1- hectare (about 2.5-acre)
lake, a family recreation center and a green forest grove – with accessibility
to the disabled, the organization said.
While the forest itself was
originally planted in the 1970s, growth of residential communities and other
infrastructural development have emerged around it since. As a result, KKLJNF
began planning the area’s transformation in a new and modern oasis, with
playgrounds, walking trails and recreational spots, the organization said. The
lake alone will cost NIS 11m. and will be home to boating and other water
“The new and modern park named after Ben-Gurion – which we will
build there together with the municipality and with the contribution of the
heads of KKL-JNF and the community in Holland that adopted the park – will be
the green lung of the city, will raise the quality of life in Dimona and will
completely change the culture of leisure time in the city,” said KKL-JNF
chairman Efi Stenzler.
“Experience shows that the establishment of
touristic spots for sports and leisure alongside projects that will be
established around them also brings about a rise in property values and attracts
many people to come and live in Dimona – as a vision of Ben-Gurion to settle the
Negev,” said Stenzler.