Eucalyptus Park in Beit Shean Inaugurated

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 3:37 PM

“The urban park in Beit Shean is changing the recreation and leisure culture here, and it is a green lung in the heart of the city.”

The new Eucalyptus Park in the city of Beit Shean was inaugurated at a happy and colorful family event attended by thousands of the city’s residents. The park covers an area of about 25 acres and was developed thanks to friends of KKL Switzerland. “The urban park in Beit Shean is changing the recreation and leisure culture here, and it is a green lung in the heart of the city,” said the Mayor of Beit Shean, Mr. Refael Ben-Shitrit.
 

 
Eucalyptus Park in Beit Shean was inaugurated on July 2 at a festive event attended by thousands of the city's residents. The park, which covers an area of more than 100 dunams (25 acres), was developed with support from friends of KKL Switzerland and has footpaths, cycling trails, unique playground equipment for children, green lawns, tended gardens and an abundance of shaded picnic areas. The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Beit Shean, Mr. Refael Ben-Shitrit, KKL-JNF Co-Chairman Mr. Eli Aflalo and KKL-JNF envoy to Switzerland Mr. Yishai Haramati.

The water fountain in Eucalyptus Park, Beit Shean. Photo: Michael Huri, KKL-JNF Photo ArchiveThe fountain with its brilliant sound and light show is clearly the pride of the new park. When the children of Beit Shean see the water jets jumping up in the fountain, they do not hesitate for a moment. They take off their clothes and jump right in. In a region as hot as the Beit Shean Valley, there is no better way to cool off on a sweltering summer day.

“The urban park in Beit Shean is changing the recreation and leisure culture here, and it is a green lung in the heart of the city,” said the Mayor of Beit Shean, Mr. Refael Ben-Shitrit. “This is one of the most significant projects developed here in the last few years, where the residents can enjoy a green expanse with lots of water, sounds and lights, shady picnic areas and great playground facilities. It is an urban center for recreation, nature and views.”

Affixing the mezuzah in Eucalyptus Park. Photo: Michael Huri, KKL-JNF Photo ArchiveKKL-JNF Co-Chairman Mr. Eli Aflalo was thrilled to see the next generation, the children, who were playing in the park. “There is nothing more beautiful to see,” he said, “and you, the residents of Beit Shean, deserve a park like this, which can make a change in the city.”

Indeed, since the park was opened to the public a few months ago, it has begun to create a change in the leisure culture of the local residents. Families from all over the city spend time in the extraordinary park, and the children have a beautiful place where they can have fun instead of roaming the streets.

On the day of the opening, the place turned into a real amusement park, with inflatable slides, trampolines, rides, a gymboree for toddlers and many other fun activities for the children. On the main stage, there were shows performed by local talent as well as popular singers and children's stars such as singer Liran Danino and stars from the popular TV series Galis.

Arts and crafts for children. Photo: Michael Huri, KKL-JNF Photo ArchiveAmong the numerous guests at the opening ceremony for the park was Mr. Yishai Haramati, the KKL-JNF envoy to Switzerland and Austria. “The people of Switzerland attribute great value to nature and lifestyle, which is why they invest in projects like this. It is a wonderful moment for the friends of KKL-JNF to see the result,” said Haramati.

Eleven-year-old Danielle Devir said she has been coming to the park a lot since it opened. “During the school year we would come here after school, and now on our summer vacation, it’s great to have somewhere nice to spend time.”

“There’s a really fun playground here, pretty grass and a beautiful view,” said her friend Eden Weizman, also eleven, “and now, because of the park, we have a green place to go instead of being stuck at home all day.”

Beit Shean resident Eitan Edri said that the park has become one of the main attractions for local residents and visitors. “Thanks to KKL-JNF and its friends in Switzerland, the old eucalyptus grove has turned into a scenic park that attracts lots of families and children, something we were really missing in Beit Shean.”


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