Yarkon Park

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Yarkon Park
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Type Urban park
Location Tel Aviv, Israel
Area 3,500 dunams
Created 1973
Operated by Tel Aviv municipality
Visitors 16 million
Status Open all year

Yarkon Park (Hebrew: פארק הירקון‎, Park HaYarkon) is a large public urban park in Tel Aviv, Israel, with about sixteen million visitors annually.[1] Bounded by Rokach Boulevard on the north and Bavli on the south, the park includes extensive lawns, sports facilities, botanical gardens, an aviary, a water park, two outdoor concert venues and lakes.



Planning of the park began in 1969. When it was opened to the public in 1973, it was called Ganei Yehoshua, honoring Yehoshua Rabinovich, the mayor of Tel Aviv between 1969-1974.[2]


The park has six gardens: Gan HaBanim (Fallen Soldiers Memorial Garden), Gan Nifga'ei HaTeror (Terror Victims Memorial Garden), Gan HaSlaim (Rock Garden), Gan HaKaktusim (Cactus Garden), Gan HaGazum (Trimmed Garden), and Gan HaTropi (Tropical Garden).

The Rock Garden, one of the largest of its kind in the world, reflects Israel's geological diversity. In its 10-acre enclosure the rocks are interspersed with some 3,500 species of plants, including over six acres of cacti. The five-acre Tropical Garden has a wooden walkway shaded by palm trees leading to a small lake. The rainforest-like microclimate is supports a large variety of orchids and vines.

The Yarkon River runs through the park and reaches the Mediterranean Sea at the park's western edge, then connects into the Tel Aviv Port, an entertainment and tourism center. Despite clean-up efforts in the last few years, the river is still polluted. Despite its polluted waters, on July 2011 Tel Aviv's mayor, Ron Huldai, jumped into the water and swam in the lake. Nevertheless, the region has retained its biodiversity. It is home to an abundance of insects, water fowl, jackals, porcupines and mongoose.[3]


Paul McCartney plays a concert at the park

The park has hosted some of the world's biggest musical acts, among them Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney,[4] The Rolling Stones, Madonna, U2, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Depeche Mode, Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers,[5] Elton John, Tina Turner, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Linkin Park, David Bowie, Eurythmics, Korn, Dire Straits, Foreigner, The Prodigy, Justin Bieber, Westlife & 5ive. World-famous Italian La Scala performed a free outdoor concert of Verdi's Requiem in the park as a part of Tel Aviv's 100th anniversary celebrations, attracting about 100,000 people.[6] In 1995 an outdoor concert featuring composer Yossi Green on piano and Orthodox Jewish music superstars Mordechai Ben David, Avraham Fried, and Dedi singing many of Green's hits played to over 150,000 attendees, the largest-ever outdoor concert in Israel. [7]

It also hosts annual events such as the City Taste festival, and classical performances by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Israeli Opera.

Lady Gaga will be performing at Yarkon Park on September 13, 2014 as part of artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball.[8]The park will be decorated with giant statues of Greek Gods to fit the theme.

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Coordinates: 32°5′58.62″N 34°48′40.28″E / 32.0996167°N 34.8111889°E / 32.0996167; 34.8111889