National Water Carrier Park Project Wins Award.
(photo credit: KKL)
National Water Carrier Park Project Wins Award
The National Water Carrier Park Project was awarded the 2013 Landscape Architecture Prize by the Association of Landscape Architects. The award was presented this week, at the Association's annual convention, to Roni Yeger-Shalita, who initiated the National Water Carrier Park project together with architects Orna Ben Zioni and Beeri Ben Shalom.
The reasons cited by the judges for awarding the prize were “for a project that developed from a student project to an actual project, thanks to exceptional vision and determination in advancing it, a project of great national importance and potential for improving the local quality of life for many communities.”
The National Water Carrier Park aims to connect rehabilitated river areas and parks in Israel's central region, forming a wide nature strip crossing 9 local authorities, 6 regional councils and 3 municipalities. This ambitious project aims to help retain the contiguity of open spaces in Israel.
The idea for the project was conceived as the final assignment of landscape architect Roni Yeger-Shalita in her studies at the Technion, and she prepared a master plan together with the office of landscape architects Orna Ben Zioni and Beeri Ben Shalom.
According to KKL-JNF Chairman Efi Stenzler, “there is great potential in this land strip, which is presently characterized by hazards and neglect. The National Water Carrier Park Project will become an artery of life in the region and answer the growing need for open spaces for leisure and recreation, in addition to water supply. KKL-JNF is also planning to develop a cycling trail along its length.”