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A new park was dedicated on 3rd December 2007 in Kiryat Haim, named for Gaston Defferre, Mayor of Marseilles for thirty years and former French Minister of the Interior, who was a great friend of Israel. The project was a donation from Bouches du Rhone Council, southern France and from the President of the Council, Senator Jean- Noel Guerini, together with the Haifa Municipality.
Participating in the ceremony was a delegation of sixty people, including government officials and heads of Jewish communities in southern France. Greetings were offered at the ceremony by Dr. Omri Boneh, director of KKL-JNF's Northern Region; the president of KKL-JNF Marseilles, Bernard Guigui; the KKL-JNF shaliah to France, Michael Bar Zvi; Mayor of Haifa Mr. Yonah Yahav; the Consul General, Ms. Loan Forgeron; and the distinguished donor, Senator Jean Noel Guerini.
Marseilles is Haifa's French twin city and the dedication of the park - which was built by KKL-JNF - is yet another expression of the cooperation between the two cities for the benefit of local residents. The park runs on an axis from western Kiryat Haim and will eventually end at the beach by 2008. The new park includes: lawns, diverse flora, a palm boulevard with 52 trees, playground corners with swings, mushroom-shaped springs that allow children to jump and skip between them, wood-beamed pergolas for shade and a three-meter high pyramid made of stone next to a graded pool with smooth river stones on its dry floor. On the sides of the park are parking islets and stone sidewalks.
Senator Guerini announced at the ceremony that the council heads would contribute a million shekels towards building another park in Haifa.
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