A Lake in the Middle of the Desert at Dimona's Ben Gurion Park.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
On September 21st, a new man-made lake in Ben Gurion Park in Dimona was dedicated at a festive town event and ceremony, which was attended by the President of Israel and the KKL-JNF World Chairman. The lake, as well as the accessible area of the park, was established with the support of Friends of JNF Holland.
“When we know what we want to achieve, there is no dream that we cannot realize”, said the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin as he admired the lake. “Dimona, one of the key cities in Israel, is becoming a place that people will want to come to, even from Tel Aviv. Sometimes people of vision seem delusional, but the result is here, in front of us. The challenge of the Negev was, and remains, water.
Water is not only a necessity of life for drinking and irrigation; the sight of it revives the soul. Thanks to the lake, Dimona has become a wonderful flower in the Negev”.
The lake compound includes a spectacular sound and light fountain, an amphitheater for events, an interactive science garden, and next to it, a garden with giant play sculptures
that are accessible to everyone
. A tourism complex and restaurants are also planned for the future. On the day that the park opened a joyful happening was held there, with jumping castles and inflatable slides, game booths, arts and crafts, fun activities for children and performances by popular Israeli singers. The festive event was attended by thousands of Dimona residents.
KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar remarked that the lake in Dimona is one of a series of lakes that KKL-JNF is establishing throughout the Negev. “Anyone who lives in the periphery might sometimes feel that he lives alone. But there is no people like the People of Israel, because no matter where anyone lives, s/he matters to us”, said Atar.
The unique lake is surrounded by greenery and is an enchanting area in the heart of the burning desert. In addition to KKL-JNF and its friends in Holland, Israeli government ministries and Mifal HaPayis, the national lottery of Israel, were also partners in the project. The site is expected to attract many visitors and tourists, contributing to the city’s economy and the overall development of the area. Around the park there are an increasing number of new residential neighborhoods, which are an indication of Dimona’s growth. The transfer of IDF bases from Central Israel to the Negev, as well as the building of the Bahadim mega-base
are expected to give additional momentum to the city.
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