This post is to acquaint readers (especially those in Israel) with the lovely walk available
in the Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv
We are starting out in the parking
lot of the Ayalon Mall, and circle around the Ramat Gan Stadium. In back of the
stadium is a bridge which crosses the Yarkon River. Most of our walking will be on
the second side. The bridge is new, and next to it is a memorial plaque
dedicated to the 4 athletes who lost their lives when the temporary bridge that
had been there collapsed, 15 years ago.
Interesting is that three of these athletes died not from the fall, but
from the toxins they imbibed from the polluted water. In the aftermath of this
accident, concern about the environment (which had just been starting), got a
big boost. Efforts to clean up the polluted river were strengthened. Not only
was the river improved, the park surrounding the Yarkon has been filled with
Picture: Shadows on the bridge. Note
on the other side (partially seen), a mother running with her child's pram in
front, and a cyclist…
After crossing the bridge, we walk about 5 minutes in a fairly sunny
area, then we enter a wooded area. The Yarkon river is to our left (the next picture I took looking back)
It is about a nice half-hour walk (mostly in wooded areas) from the
bridge in back of the stadium, (along the banks of the Yarkon),to the
artificial lake in the park's main area. (This is Ricki at the lake, two years
As we leave the lake we will go on a
tangent , crossing a bridge over
the Yarkon to reach the historical "Seven Mills" site.
The "seven mills" where flour mills which operated during the
Exit arches for water from the mills
After leaving the "seven mills" and the lake, we turn in the
direction of the ocean, walking alongside the Yarkon river, which is to our
left. We are walking along one of the many special walking/bike paths which
circuit and cross the park in almost every way imaginable.
The Yarkon park,
besides being a bicyclist's haven, has places where
one can rent boats.
After the open stretch we go under another street bridge, cross another,
albeit shorter, stretch, and we reach THIS pedestrian bridge crossing a side
shoot off the river..
don't know how all these young people are able to whoosh across this thing so effortlessly on their bikes. I sure couldn't…..]
From the top of the pedestrian
bridge, we can see the smokestack of the Reading Power plant. We are only a few
minutes walk from the ocean. We soon reach a long pedestrian bridge which spans
the outlet of the Yarkon river to the Mediterranean.
Note the three disabled cyclists
crossing the bridge in low special hand operated"bikes".
From this point if we choose, we can
look south towards Tel Aviv (and
Jaffa beyond), but if we continue our walk just a bit, we can see the bike path
ahead of us towards the north.
(This bike path is part of the Israel
National Trail (see : HERE
To the south we can see the Tel-Aviv - -Jaffa port