With 165,000 people living within a 7000 dunam area, Bnei Barak is one of Israel’s densest cities. And its residents don’t have a green zone to call their own. Ruth Mozes, an architect in charge of Bnei Barak’s urban planning department, said that “Bnei Barak does not have a single park, and its largest garden spans 20 dunams.”
In order to rectify the situation, a regional planning committee will officially confirm plans within the coming weeks to expand Tel Aviv’s large Yarkon Park into Bnei Barak. This will grant the city a much needed green lung.
The plan is to develop a 350 dunam park that will extend from the Yarkon Park into Bnei Barak. The area to be converted into a park is largely zoned as farmland, although it has been partially treated as an illegal garbage dump.
Landscape architect Shlomik Zeevi will design the new park and it will include three strips: one adjacent to the Yarkon River and which preserves the natural landscape, another area with playgrounds and activities, and a third strip will include a combination of office space and recreational park areas.
Mozes is also considering how the park will be made accessible to Bnei Barak residents. “To improve acessibility, we’ve designed a passage of green tracts through the employment zone to the park,” she says. “There will also be access by bus and in the future we will operate shuttles from the city to the park, mainly in the afternoon.”
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