Yarkon Park

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Yarkon Park
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
This article is about the public park near the mouth of the Yarkon River. For the Yarkon National Park at the springs of the Yarkon River see Antipatris

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.


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 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, golden jackals, porcupines and mongoose.[3]


Paul McCartney playing a concert in 2008

Many popular musical acts have played the park, including Michael Jackson, 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, Eurythmics, Westlife, Five, Justin Timberlake, Robbie Williams, Rihanna, Sia, OneRepublic, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Rod Stewart, Queen + Adam Lambert and Britney Spears.

American singer Britney Spears performed there on July 3, 2017 as part of her Britney: Live in Concert. It was attended by a crowd of 60,000 people.[4] The country even delayed their election for the new chairperson of the Israeli Labor Party. It was originally scheduled for July 3, the same day as Spears's concert, but government officials feared people would choose the Britney concert over finding a polling station, so they pushed voting back a day.[5]

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.[6]


Year Artist Tour Tickets
May 1, 1985 Dire Straits Brothers in Arms Tour N/A
May 2, 1985
July 21, 1987 Tina Turner Break Every Rule Tour N/A
July 22, 1987
May 22, 1993 Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion Tour N/A
June 30, 1993 Metallica Black Album Tour N/A
September 19, 1993 Michael Jackson Dangerous World Tour 80,000
September 21, 1993 100,000
October 4, 1993 Madonna The Girlie Show World Tour 80,000
July 12, 1994 Aerosmith Get a Grip Tour N/A
July 3, 1996 David Bowie Outside Summer Festivals Tour N/A
September 30, 1997 U2 PopMart Tour 31,566
May 16, 2001 Westlife Where Dreams Come True Tour N/A
September 25, 2008 Paul McCartney Friendship First Concert 45,000[7]
September 1, 2009 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 50,000
September 2, 2009 49,674
April 14, 2011 Justin Bieber My World Tour 23,000[8]
July 3, 2012 Guns N' Roses Up Close and Personal Tour N/A
September 10, 2012 Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm with You Tour 50,000[9]
May 7, 2013 Depeche Mode Delta Machine Tour 19,325
October 22, 2013 Rihanna Diamonds World Tour 50,554
May 28, 2014 Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience World Tour 44,634
June 4, 2014 The Rolling Stones 14 On Fire 48,167
September 13, 2014 Lady Gaga ArtRave: The Artpop Ball 18,984
May 2, 2015 Robbie Williams Let Me Entertain You Tour 40,000[10]
May 28, 2015 OneRepublic Native Tour 20,000[11]
October 3, 2015 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi Live! 50,000[12]
September 12, 2016 Queen + Adam Lambert 2016 Summer Festival Tour 50,000[13]
August 11, 2016 Sia Nostalgic for the Present Tour 39,000[14]
May 3, 2017 Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour 53,813[15]
May 17, 2017 Aerosmith Aero-Vederci Baby! Tour 50,000[16]
June 14, 2017 Rod Stewart The Hits Tour 20,000[17]
July 3, 2017 Britney Spears Britney: Live in Concert 55,000-60,000[18][19][20]
July 15, 2017 Guns N' Roses Not In This Lifetime... Tour 60,000-62,000[21][22]
July 19, 2017 Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool Tour 47,000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Park Hayarkon – the Central Park of Tel Aviv
  2. ^ Changing pollution into paradise
  3. ^ At Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park, they're sweating the small stuff
  4. ^ https://www.directlyrics.com/massive-britney-spears-performs-for-60k-crowd-in-tel-aviv-israel-news.amphtml.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Oops! Britney Spears gig forces Israeli Labour party to delay leadership contest". The Guardian. 5 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Opera Celebrates Tel Aviv's centennial". Entertainment News. 17 July 2009. 
  7. ^ News, The Independent. "First Night: Sir Paul McCartney, Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv". 
  8. ^ News, Israel National News. "Justin Bieber: Very excited to visit Israel for the second time". 
  9. ^ News, The Time of Israel. "Red Hot Chili Peppers give it away to 50,000 at Tel Aviv show". 
  10. ^ News, The Times of Israel. "40,000 Israelis let pop star Robbie Williams entertain them". 
  11. ^ News, Ynews Culture. "Is One Republic returning to Israel?". 
  12. ^ News. "Empathetic Jon Bon Jovi dedicates song ‘We Don’t Run’ to Israelfirst=The Time of Israel". 
  13. ^ News, Ynetnews. "Queen rocks it out in Tel Aviv". 
  14. ^ News, Haaretz. "Sia's Electronic Rain Beautifully Pierces Tel Aviv’s Humidity". 
  15. ^ News, Pollstar. "Top 100 Worldwide Concert Grosses" (PDF). 
  16. ^ News, ISRAEL21c. "Steven Tyler tours Israel ahead of farewell tour in TLV". 
  17. ^ News, Ynetnews. "Rod Stewart duets with Israeli singer Rita in Tel Aviv concert". 
  18. ^ News, All-Noise. "Watch Britney Spears Performing In Tel Aviv for 60K Crowd". 
  19. ^ News, Direct Lyrics. "Massive: Britney Spears Performs For 60K Crowd In Tel Aviv, Israel". 
  20. ^ News, Times of Israel. "Britney Spears performs for 55,000 fans in Israel". 
  21. ^ "In muggy Tel Aviv, Guns N’ Roses brings sizzling show to 62,000 fans". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 2017-07-18. 
  22. ^ Shalev, Ben (2017-07-16). "Review Guns N' Roses Returns to Its Natural Habitat - and Doesn't Disappoint". Haaretz. Retrieved 2017-07-18.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 12 (help)

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