A New “Face” for Israel’s Garbage Park

hiriya garbage park ariel sharonThree times the size of NYC’s Central Park: Say hello to the New Ariel Sharon Eco Park in Israel.

Turning a mountain sized garbage mound into a state of the art national park is now fast on its way to becoming reality outside Tel Aviv. What was formerly (and still) known by many as the Hiriya Waste Disposal Site, or simply the Hiriya Garbage Mound now has a new name, The Ariel Sharon Park, as well as a new look.

hiriya garbage park ariel sharonAriel Sharon Park observation point

The eco park project owes a lot to Environment Ministry head Gilad Erdan, and to internationally renown landscape architect Peter Latz has received a lot of media attention lately.

The park which comprise an area of 8,000 dunam (2,000 acres) will cost more than $250 million when completed. Its land area will make it three times the size of New York City’s Central Park.

A special government sponsored company, the Ariel Sharon Park Company, is a composed third by national government officials; with another third from the Tel Aviv Municipality and the remaining third from environmental organizations. So, far around $28 million has been spent on the project, with some of the money coming from private sources, including the Beracha Foundation, an NGO that initiated the project with the first $8 million donation.

hiriya garbage park ariel sharonIllustration of completed mound part of park project

Upon the recent completion of  Stage 1 of the project, which included a special observation point on the “summit” of the mound, and planting of numerous trees and other landscaping, a special event was held there, which included an evening Sound and Light Show.

Other special planned features at the park will be a small lake and a 50,000 seat amphitheater.

The dump was opened in 1952 as a waste collection site to take care of the growing needs of the populations of Tel Aviv and nearby communities. Before it was finally officially closed in 1998, the site would receive thousands of tons of garbage on a daily basis. The closure was finally approved due to thousands of sea gulls and other birds flying off the mound and creating a hazard for commercial airpliners approaching and taking off from nearby Ben Gurion Airport.

When interviewed recently, Dr. Martin Weyl, director of the Beracha Foundation said:

“It always bothered me that this existed. It was an eyesore, and nobody really gave it any attention. People would stand and the waste would go to here. The purpose of this idea was to change the attitude (of people) toward garbage.”

Now that Hiriya, is getting a well needed facelift, perhaps more green attention can be turned to other landfills and garbage mounds, including the one where that “million dollar mattress” may be resting (it still hasn’t been found).

Read more on Hiriya Garbage Mound and other waste disposal sites:

Woman Tosses Million Dollar Mattress into Dump: She Should have Recycled

Israel’s Arbor Day Concentrates More on Green Development Projects

Going on a Picnic to Tel Aviv’s Garbage Mountain

50,000 Seat Amphitheater Planned for Hiriya, Israel’s Trash Mountain

About Maurice Picow

Maurice Picow grew up in Oklahoma City, U.S.A., where he received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. Following graduation, Maurice embarked on a career as a real estate broker before making the decision to make Aliyah to Israel. After arriving in Israel, he came involved in the insurance agency business and later in the moving and international relocation fields. Maurice became interested in writing news and commentary articles in the late 1990’s, and now writes feature articles for the The Jerusalem Post as well as being a regular contributor to Green Prophet. He has also written a non-fiction study on Islam, a two volume adventure novel, and is completing a romance novel about a forbidden love affair. Writing topics of particular interest for Green Prophet are those dealing with global warming and climate change, as well as clean technology - particularly electric cars. Maurice can be reached at maurice (at) greenprophet (dot) com.

4 thoughts on “A New “Face” for Israel’s Garbage Park

  1. Maurice

    Ira, the pigs (raised by the Copts) used to take care of much of Cairo’s organic garbage. but many of them were killed during the Swine Flu scare a while back and I’m sure many more were killed during the recent “popular uprising”.

    Now it’s the Copts themselves who are on the short end.

  2. rajan vayakkattil

    an excellent act of Green innovation and an example for the world community who suffers from Garbage pollution world over, by architect Peter Latz!


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