(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The day of touring northern Israel concluded in Akko, where WLC participants learned about the botanical gardens being created with the assistance of friends of JNF Canada. They toured the Old City and met the deputy mayor and the Tourism Minister at a gala dinner in the Citadel of Old Akko.
The Mediterranean Botanical Garden, located in north Akko and funded by friends of JNF Canada, will be a focus for tourism, culture and recreation in the city. The site is to cover an area of 21 dunams and will feature the diverse flora typical to the Mediterranean basin. The park will also include attractions and family recreation facilities: hiking trails, a pool, observation points, environmental sculptures and cafés.
Zeev Neumann, the deputy mayor of Akko and a member of the KKL-JNF Executive Board, met the touring WLC participants and said, “Akko has become a symbol of coexistence and a model of cooperation. Its uniqueness is evident in the combination of the old and the new.” Regarding the important contribution of KKL-JNF and its friends all over the world, he said, “Our city is developing thanks to the work of KKL-JNF in Israel and abroad. Together we are promoting the development of a botanical garden. I would like to thank you for this significant contribution, and may we continue collaborating for the advancement of the city.”
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