Kent Swig

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Ariel Sharon Park, Israel

One of the most exciting projects taking place in Israel today is the development and building of the Ariel Sharon Park, the Hiriya Recycling Park, and the Center for Environmental Education. This project seeks to “reclaim” the land that was used for decades as Israel’s largest waste dumping ground for much of the trash generated by the country. Israel started to use this area for waste dumping in the 1950’s and continued dumping its trash there up to 1998. The result was the building of one of the largest “hills” in the country which was built out of waste and was an environmental disaster area.

Today, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Martin Weill, and of the late Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, this waste land and waste hill is being transformed into a 2000 acre park that will be three times larger than the size of New York City’s Central Park!

This incredible project has opened the first phase of creating park land where only trash used to exist, and I was fortunate to tour the area during my recent trip to Israel with the Israel Bond delegation from September 10th through September 14th. The work being done and the technology being used is truly extraordinary! This effort provides a shining example to the rest of the world of what can be accomplished, when combining determination with technology, creativity, and innovation to correct human kind’s faults and mistakes and turn them into successes and benefits.

Kent Swig with Martin Weill, creator of the Ariel Sharon Park and the Hiriya Recycling Park

Kent Swig with Martin Weill, creator of the Ariel Sharon Park and the Hiriya Recycling Park

Martin Weill, addressing the Israel Bond delegation overlooking the Ariel Sharon Park being developed in the background.

Martin Weill, addressing the Israel Bond delegation overlooking the Ariel Sharon Park being developed in the background.

Ariel Sharon's son, Gilad Sharon, addressing  the Israel Bond delegation as he spoke of his father's passion for the State of Israel which included the creation of this 2000 acre park land and transforming the land into beauty from it prior condition as a garbage dump.

Ariel Sharon’s son, Gilad Sharon, addressing the Israel Bond delegation as he spoke of his father’s passion for the State of Israel which included the creation of this 2000 acre park land and transforming the land into beauty from it prior condition as a garbage dump.

View of the newly created visitor's center and landscaping at the Ariel Sharon Park.

View of the newly created visitor’s center and landscaping at the Ariel Sharon Park.

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October 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm

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