Ariel Sharon Park site.
(photo credit: Yisrael Melubani)
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud) and Environmental Protection Minister
Gilad Erdan (Likud) both pledged to ensure funding for the development of Ariel
Sharon Park in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area during a tour of the site on
The park is meant to correct one of the country’s longest
environmental blunders as it will emerge out of Hiriya – the country’s largest
garbage dump. It was Steinitz’s first trip to the site.
Sharon Park is managed by a government company which recently replaced its
leadership. The new executives briefed the ministers on short- and long-term
The rehabilitation of the 8,000 dunam area, three
times the size of Manhattan’s Central Park, will be carried out according to
German architect Peter Latz’s plans. The garbage mountain will become the
showpiece of a series of walking and biking paths, a lake, and a canal system,
among other features. The garbage mountain features a stunning panoramic view of
the Tel Aviv skyline.
“We will use all of the legal means available to
regulate as soon as possible the land needed for the park. There won’t be any
stumbling on this issue. National infrastructures are not just factories, trains
and roads. Today, citizens want open spaces for the pleasure of family trips in
nature and a higher quality of life,” Erdan said during the visit.
Sharon Park, over and above the fact that it will be the biggest park in the
Middle East, is the opening gate to the State of Israel and as such will enjoy
all of the support required. Everyone who enters Israel will see this green lung
thriving in the heart of the country,” Steinitz declared.
funding for the planned quarter-century project, Erdan said, “I am very very
appreciate of the cooperation with the Beracha Foundation, the park’s main
donor, but at the same time it’s important to remember that the park should not
subsist on donations alone, since it is a clear public
Steinitz added, “There have been ongoing energetic contacts
between the administration of the Treasury and the Environmental
Ministry to match the park’s funding to the goals of the company to
Interim chair of the park Esti Applebaum Polani called
the park a type of “government start-up” and said that with the right
they would “take the place forward.”