Yarkon Park

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Yarkon Park
TypeUrban park
LocationTel Aviv, Israel
Coordinates32°06′00″N 34°48′36″E / 32.10000°N 34.81000°E / 32.10000; 34.81000Coordinates: 32°06′00″N 34°48′36″E / 32.10000°N 34.81000°E / 32.10000; 34.81000
Area3.5 km²
Operated byTel Aviv municipality
Visitors16 million
StatusOpen all year

Yarkon Park (Hebrew: פארק הירקון‎, Park HaYarkon) is a large park in Tel Aviv, Israel, with about sixteen million visits annually.[1] Named after the Yarkon River which flows through it, the park includes extensive lawns, sports facilities, botanical gardens, an aviary, a water park, two outdoor concert venues and lakes. The park is built over the depopulated Palestinian village of Jarisha.[2]


The village of Jarisha was depopulated in May 1948.[2] 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.[3]


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 (Cacti Garden), HaGan HaGazum (Trimmed Garden), and HaGan 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 supports a large variety of orchids and vines.

Ha Banim Garden, Yarkon Park, Tel Aviv, Israel

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, golden jackals, porcupines and mongoose.[4]


Paul McCartney concert in 2008

Many popular musical acts have played the park, including Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, David Bowie, Carlos Santana, Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Aerosmith, Metallica, U2, Depeche Mode, Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ugly Kid Joe, Linkin Park, Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Cocker, Morrissey, Eurythmics, Westlife, Five, Justin Timberlake, Robbie Williams, Rihanna, Sia, OneRepublic, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Rod Stewart, Queen + Adam Lambert, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez.

American singer Britney Spears performed in the park on July 3, 2017 as part of her Britney: Live in Concert. It was attended by a crowd of 60,000 people.[5] Due to the concert, the Israeli Labor Party delayed their election for a new chairperson by a day. It was originally scheduled for July 3, the same day as Spears's concert, but party officials feared traffic jams and that party members would choose the concert over finding a polling station.[6]

The superstar Michael Jackson performed there, on September 19/21, 1993 during his Dangerous World Tour attended by a crowd of 80,000 people in the first show and 100,000 people in the second show.

Italian opera house 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.[7]

American singer Jennifer Lopez performed in the park as part of her It's My Party (tour) on August 1st, 2019. It was attended by a crowd of 57,000 people.


List of concerts at Yarkon Park
Year Date Artist Tour Tickets Gross
1985 May 1 Dire Straits Brothers in Arms Tour N/A N/A
May 2
1987 July 21 Tina Turner Break Every Rule Tour N/A N/A
July 22
September 5 Bob Dylan Temples in Flames Tour N/A N/A
1993 May 22 Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion Tour 40,000 N/A
June 17 Elton John The One Tour N/A N/A
June 30 Metallica Black Album Tour N/A N/A
September 20 Michael Jackson Dangerous World Tour 100,000 N/A
September 21 N/A
October 4 Madonna The Girlie Show World Tour 80,000 N/A
1994 July 12 Aerosmith Get a Grip Tour N/A N/A
1996 July 3 David Bowie Outside Summer Festivals Tour N/A N/A
1997 September 30 U2 PopMart Tour 31,566 $1,809,388
2001 May 16 Westlife Where Dreams Come True Tour N/A N/A
2008 September 25 Paul McCartney Friendship First Concert 45,000[8] N/A
2009 September 1 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 99,674 $14,656,063
September 2
2010 September 28 Ozzy Osbourne Scream World Tour 25,000 N/A
November 15 Linkin Park A Thousand Suns World Tour 45,000 N/A
2011 April 14 Justin Bieber My World Tour 23,000[9] N/A
2012 July 3 Guns N' Roses Up Close and Personal Tour N/A N/A
September 10 Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm with You Tour 50,000[10] N/A
2013 May 7 Depeche Mode Delta Machine Tour 49,325 $1,752,446
October 22 Rihanna Diamonds World Tour 50,554 $6,121,631
2014 May 28 Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience World Tour 44,634 $5,169,975
June 4 The Rolling Stones 14 On Fire 48,167 $8,276,709
September 13 Lady Gaga ArtRave: The Artpop Ball 18,984 $1,786,945
2015 May 2 Robbie Williams Let Me Entertain You Tour 40,000[11] N/A
May 28 OneRepublic Native Tour 20,000[12] N/A
October 3 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi Live! 56,000[13] N/A
2016 September 12 Queen + Adam Lambert 2016 Summer Festival Tour 50,000[14] N/A
May 26 Elton John Wonderful Crazy Night Tour N/A N/A
August 11 Sia Nostalgic for the Present Tour 39,000[15] N/A
2017 May 3 Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour 53,813[16] $6,495,093
May 17 Aerosmith Aero-Vederci Baby! Tour 50,000[17] N/A
June 14 Rod Stewart The Hits Tour 20,000[18] N/A
July 3 Britney Spears Piece of Me Tour 60,000[19][20][21] N/A
July 15 Guns N' Roses Not In This Lifetime... Tour 57,204 $6,761,681
July 19 Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool Tour 48,011 $6,221,906
2018 May 26 Enrique Iglesias Enrique Iglesias Live 41,365 $2,946,286
June 28 Maluma Fame Tour
2019 July 25 Bon Jovi This House Is Not for Sale Tour 50,000
August 1 Jennifer Lopez It's My Party 57,000[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Park Hayarkon – the Central Park of Tel Aviv
  2. ^ a b Ghada Ageel (7 January 2016). Apartheid in Palestine: Hard Laws and Harder Experiences. University of Alberta. pp. 163–. ISBN 978-1-77212-082-0. ... Plug Productions Generator invites the Lollapalooza festival to Yarkon Park, on the remains of the ethnically cleansed Palestinian village, Jarisha...
  3. ^ Changing pollution into paradise
  4. ^ At Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park, they're sweating the small stuff
  5. ^ News, All-Noise. "Watch Britney Spears Performing In Tel Aviv for 60K Crowd".
  6. ^ "Oops! Britney Spears gig forces Israeli Labour party to delay leadership contest". The Guardian. 5 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Opera Celebrates Tel Aviv's centennial". Entertainment News. 17 July 2009.
  8. ^ News, The Independent. "First Night: Sir Paul McCartney, Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv".
  9. ^ News, Israel National News. "Justin Bieber: Very excited to visit Israel for the second time".
  10. ^ News, The Time of Israel. "Red Hot Chili Peppers give it away to 50,000 at Tel Aviv show".
  11. ^ News, The Times of Israel. "40,000 Israelis let pop star Robbie Williams entertain them".
  12. ^ News, Ynews Culture. "Is One Republic returning to Israel?".
  13. ^ News. "Empathetic Jon Bon Jovi dedicates song 'We Don't Run' to Israelfirst=The Time of Israel".
  14. ^ News, Ynetnews. "Queen rocks it out in Tel Aviv".
  15. ^ News, Haaretz. "Sia's Electronic Rain Beautifully Pierces Tel Aviv's Humidity".
  16. ^ News, Pollstar. "Top 100 Worldwide Concert Grosses" (PDF).
  17. ^ News, ISRAEL21c. "Steven Tyler tours Israel ahead of farewell tour in TLV".
  18. ^ News, Ynetnews. "Rod Stewart duets with Israeli singer Rita in Tel Aviv concert".
  19. ^ News, All-Noise. "Watch Britney Spears Performing In Tel Aviv for 60K Crowd".
  20. ^ News, Direct Lyrics. "Massive: Britney Spears Performs For 60K Crowd In Tel Aviv, Israel".
  21. ^ News, Times of Israel. "Britney Spears performs for 55,000 fans in Israel".
  22. ^ "J-Lo celebrates 50 with an adoring, dancing crowd in Tel Aviv". The Times of Israel. August 11, 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2019.

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