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Jerusalem's regional Planning & Construction Committee has approved the zoning plan for Rabin Park.
The park, which extends over an area of some 25,000 dunam - approximately 6,250 acres, is the main green area in central Israel, between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
The approval marks the end of a period of feverish preparation of a detailed plan for the park and its submission to the committee. One of the main objectives behind the construction of the park is the conservation of open areas of land. KKL-JNF, together with the green organizations, fought against development plans that ignored ecological issues, including the establishment of a community on the Avimor hill in the center of the park.
KKL-JNF will ensure that all plans in the park will harmonize with the site's existing vegetation whilst construction of parking areas, trails and lookout points will take the local wildlife population into account. After the plan had been approved, KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler said, "Now, as we mark the 12th anniversary of the murder of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, z"l, there is no better way to honor his memory than adding sites that bear his name and commemorate his legacy. Furthermore, buildings and facilities within the new Rabin Park will be accessible to people with physical limitations." Stenzler emphasized that "in recent years KKL-JNF has tried to make as many of its sites as possible accessible to the general public, and especially to those with physical handicaps."
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