(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Azrieli Park Dedicated by KKL-JNF in Sderot
"Sderot has a special place in the hearts of the Jewish people."
The new Azrieli Park, a gift to Sderot from the Azrieli Foundation of Canada-Israel, was dedicated at a special ceremony in Sderot on Thursday, February 20. Participating in the ceremony were members of the 2014 JNF Canada Staff Mission, who came straight from the airport; Dana and Stephanie Azrieli, Sderot mayor Alon Davidi; KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler; KKL-JNF Director General Meir Shpiegler; JNF Canada CEO Josh Cooper; Executive Director of the KKL-JNF Resources, Development and PR Division Avi Dickstein; KKL-JNF Southern Region staff, and residents of Sderot.
"Sderot has a special place in the hearts of the Jewish people, and this park helps paint the city green," said KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler at the dedication of the new Azrieli Park in Sderot.
Stenzler noted that the cornerstone for the park was laid two years ago. "KKL-JNF views urban parks as very important. The greenery absorbs dust and pollution from the air, and lowers the temperature. Parks also bring economic benefits, raising the value of local real estate and closing the gap between Israel's center and the peripheral regions. I want to thank the Azrieli family for their generous contribution, which has helped improve quality of life for the residents of Sderot. This park will be the pride of the city, and it strengthens the Negev and Sderot."
The new park, which is located in the center of the city, includes spacious green lawns, trees, benches, picnic tables, playground equipment and more. Philanthropist and architect David Azrieli, who built the unique Azrieli Towers in Tel Aviv and founded the Azrieli Foundation, was involved in every detail of the planning, making sure that the park was built according to the high standards he sets for all his projects.