Barbecue at Kishon Park in Haifa 370 .
(photo credit: Herzl Shapiro/Kishon River Authority)
Despite the dismal and drizzly skies that overtook most of the country on
Independence Day, about 50,000 visitors populated the country’s parks and nature
reserves for family hikes and barbecues.
Most popular among the sites
were the Ashkelon and Yarkon national parks, the Israel Nature and Parks
In the North, the Kishon River Authority reported
thousands touring the park’s revamped grounds, home to what used to be the
nation’s most polluted body of water.
While the river and the park is
undergoing additional stages of rehabilitation, the public enjoyed the use of
brand new waste facilities, barbecue surfaces for coals and chemical toilets
provided in conjunction with the Haifa Municipality, the authority
“The public chose the Kishon and this is not surprising,” said
Sharon Nissim, CEO of the Kishon River Authority. “The Kishon Park in Haifa is a
destination for many visitors, with wide lawns, trees, pergolas, shade, unique
views of the Kishon River under rehabilitation.”
The country’s North and
Center saw scattered showers, cloudy skies and unseasonably low temperatures
throughout the day. Skies remained clear, however, with temperatures reaching
28-degrees Celsius in Eilat.