Colossal Hiriya landfill to be turned into park named for Sharon

October 28, 2007 20:52

From the top of the reeking Hiriya landfill one can spot the Tel Aviv hospital where former Israeli leader Ariel Sharon lies crippled by a devastating stroke. On Sunday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, President Shimon Peres, Sharon's sons Omri and Gilad and hundreds of other officials and friends gathered at the monumental eyesore to dedicate the Ariel Sharon Park. "This is the first time in history that a prime minister and president of a sovereign nation are hosting atop a garbage dump," said Martin Weyl, a former director of the Israel Museum, who first came up with the idea of turning the dump, which will account for 10 percent of the park, into an attraction.

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