At a length of approximately 17 miles, the Yarkon is Israel’s largest coastal river. It starts north of Petah Tikva, flows through the center of the country, and empties into the Mediterranean Sea. For years, the Yarkon was heavenly polluted with chemicals — but thanks to a number of remediation efforts, the water has been considerably rehabilitated.
In Tel Aviv, the river traverses Yarkon Park , which is a favorite location for relaxation and recreation. Sometime refered to as “the Central Park of Tel Aviv,” the park gets around 16 million visitors annually. It includes extensive lawns, sports facilities, botanical gardens, an aviary, a water park, two outdoor concert venues, and lakes.
Quote: “In the eastern part of HaYarkon Park lie the Rock Garden and the Tropical Garden. The Rock Garden in HaYarkon Park is one of the largest of its kind in the world at 10 acres. Showcasing Israel’s geological diversity with poetic descriptions for the amazing rocks which are displayed, the rock garden also features over six acres of cacti, 3,500 species of plants, and some fantastic views across the HaYarkon Park lake. The five-acre Tropical Garden in HaYarkon Park is home to a rain forest-like micro-climate with a tiny lake home to swans, fish, and beautiful orchids and vines.”
Sources: Wikipedia (introduction), TouristIsrael.com (quotation)
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