Raanana,Petach Tikva,Tel Aviv
Recommendation for Park Ariel Sharon (Hiriya), including for those who have been before. For those who don’t know, this is the former rubbish dump of the greater Tel Aviv area, that was covered over and turned into a big park, whilst maintaining some rubbish and recycling processing facilities. They have a very full program of activities for Hol Hamoed (Pesach 2018) that kept us busy for almost 6 hours. Guided tours of the recycling centre and rubbish dump, guided tours of the park, bird sightings, craft workshops, films, mazes, bubbles and juggling. Some of this is new since the last time we were there two years ago. It was busy but never felt full. Junction of roads 1 and 4, sadly accessible by car only. It doesn’t smell at the top (the park bit), it does at the bottom where the recycling is, but nothing too bad. Activities are suitable for 2+ or 3+, although we also had an almost 1 year old with us as well who was also happy.
Ariel Sharon Park is one of the biggest environmental rehabilitation projects in the world. It is unique in that this plot of land, part of which was polluted and neglected for decades, has been turned into a flourishing metropolitan park. Ariel Sharon Park is the green lung of the country’s most densely populated urban region. The park is open to the general public, and has a network of hiking trails and bicycle paths across open areas, along river banks, and through shady groves, as well as areas for leisure and recreation activities.
Ariel Sharon Park covers an area of some 8,000 dunams. For the sake of comparison, just imagine the entire town of Bat Yam being a park! The park borders on the municipal authorities of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Ramat Gan, Holon, Azor, and Or Yehuda. At the center of the park is the rehabilitated mound of garbage, Hiriya – a symbol of environmental and social healing. The hill is surrounded by open areas, crossed by the channels of the Ayalon in the north and the Shapirim in the south. The park complex also includes Shalem Farm, old Bnei Brak, the Mikve Yisrael agricultural school, and Menachem Begin Park.
On the restored hill you will find a spectacular display in the interactive center, family picnic areas, the ecological lake, look-out points, guided tours, and information points explaining about the restoration of the hill.