Have you been to ‘Mount Garbage’?

Ayalon Park, with Mount Hiria (garbage mount), and Ayalon river in its heart, doesna€™t smell as bad as it used to. It also provides some open spaces to enjoy in the urban area.

The plan to develop Ayalon Park, slowly growing around the garbage mountain, was approved by the national planning committee at the end of 2004, following pressure from environmentalist organizations and nearby municipalities.

According to plans, the park will be about 2000 acres in size and surrounding Mount Hiria, Mikve Israel and Park Darom in Tel Aviv. In addition to the addition of open spaces, the area will change its character and turn into an ecological park with a recycling plant. Energy, fertilizer and even garden furniture will be created from the various waste in Hiria. Gas sufficient to power thousands of homes is already stored in Hiria.

Over the past two years many efforts by the Yarkon drainage authority and the Dan city union for sanitation were put into building bicycle and walking paths in the park grounds. The bicycle paths were paved along the Ayalon river using recycled materials, which are still being tested for possible use.

a€oeIrish bridgesa€A were set up in problematic area of the river allowing safe passage, and several benches made of recycled materials were placed along the paths.

The recycled bedding used in paving the paths feel like gravel paths, and so the paths in the park are only suitable for mountain bikes with wide tires. The park planners also created a map of the bicycle paths, and it is recommended to print out the map ahead of time, and take it with you for your ride.

The ride can begin in several spots at the various entrances to the park, but we recommend beginning the ride at Menahem Begin park in southern Tel Aviv.

Begin park offers vast well kept lawns, a lake, and a few pretty spots for a pre-ride breakfast, or post-ride meal. The proposed route is not circular, and so we will ride eastward from Begin Park for about 9 km, and return using the same route. The ride in the park is on a wide, comfortable path, and is therefore suitable for beginners as well.

Route suggestion: From the main entrance to the park (on Biranit Street) we will continue south for a few hundreds meters, until we reach the lake. We will turn west (right) at the lake, and ride with the lake on our left. After the lake we will reach a picnic area with tables and benches, where we will take a sharp south-east turn.

At this point we will leave the paves paths, and ride on the dirt path which surrounds the lake from the south. The path we have reached is the main path of the park and its length until the base of Mount Hiria in about 5.5 km.

The path is wide and easy to ride with no physical or technical difficulties. At the meeting of the paths below Mount Hiria we will pass under the bridge which is a part of the old Tal Aviv-Haifa road, and continue east. This is the most beautiful part of the route, with wild vegetation, animals approaching the river and eucalyptus trees. The bends in the path add an additional unique beauty to this part. [ynet.realnews]

This bit is about 4 km long and ends at Yehezkel bridge, which connects between Or Yehuda and the Jerusalm-Tel Aviv road. After a short rest, we will turn around at this point and head back.

A trip in the park grounds is still no substitute to the joys of enjoying nature. Despite the many changes, the abuse the terrain has undergone over the years is still evident, and piles of waste are visible along the routes.

And despite this, the park is still worth going to. It provides an opportunity to take a look and realize what positive effect humanity can have on nature, and what a negative one. The negative, in this high and enormous mountain of garbage; the negative, in making this park a pleasant and enjoyable place for a stroll, which will allow the people living in the neighboring 13 municipalities to enjoy nature and the environment.


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Posted: April 24th, 2008
at 6:08am by Koookiecrumbles

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