Park HaZahav and Ein Zahav Spring

Kiryat Shmona’s Wonders of Nature

In the heart of Kiryat Shmona, nestled between residential neighborhoods, lies an urban natural space that is unique in Israel – Park HaZahav. Zahav means ‘gold’ in Hebrew; the park is named after the stream running through it – Ein Zahav Stream – whose source is Ein Zahav  (ein=spring).

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Park HaZahav in Kiryat Shmona, covering 11 hectares in the heart of the city, is not a standard urban park, rather a unique urban nature site that comprises many diverse natural resources. In addition to intensive activity areas designated for leisure and play, and open to all, the park contains a diverse, protected, natural area comprising Ein Zahav Stream and HaTachanot Stream (Tachanot refers to two water mills [tachana=mill] which were active along this stream in the past), which flow through the heart of the park. These streams have created a rich and diverse range of aquatic habitats, including shallow sections, rapids, deep sections and pools that support diverse riparian vegetation that has developed with time into a rich riparian forest – a rare sight among Israel’s landscapes.

"Kiryat Shmona gained a beautiful and wide natural resources in the heart of the city, a urban natural space unique of is kind in israel.” Amir balaban, Director of urban wildlife in SPNI

“Kiryat Shmona gained a beautiful and wide natural resources in the heart of the city, a urban natural space unique of is kind in israel.”
Amir balaban, Director of urban wildlife in SPNI

In recent years, the Amuta for the Preservation of Nature Charms and Scenery in Kiryat Shmona (n.g.o) has worked hard to promote planning and management of the park as the first “Urban Community Nature Site” in northern Israel.

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“Urban Nature” is a new concept enjoying growing public awareness within the local planning scene in Israel. The park’s purpose, beyond preservation of natural resources, is to facilitate easy access  to nature for the general public. , Nature sites in residential area, maximize accessibility while minimizing costs. Past experience in Israel and around the world in urban nature management indicates that such sites gradually become central, important, urban infrastructures that provide a range of environmental and community services within the city, and play an important and pivotal role in creating a pleasant urban environment, providing a unique identity and multifaceted experience for the city’s residents.

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 Promoting Park HaZahav and transforming it into an urban-community nature site is an urban renewal initiative – an initiative which is capable of creating a self-renewing urban environment in Kiryat Shmona which will facilitate and contribute to the development of the city’s unique identity, to community empowerment and involvement of residents, to improving the city’s image at the regional and national levels and to improving the quality of life within the city.

We believe that through unique branding, sustainable management and supervision, and creation of a range of appropriate attractions relating to nature, heritage and leisure, we will be able to restore the historical standing of the park as a center for leisure activities among the local community, hikers and tourists, that provides visitors with leisure options alongside education and direct contact with these natural systems unique to our city.

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The Amuta for the Preservation of Charms of Nature and Scenery

The Amuta for the Preservation of Charms of Nature and Scenery has been active in Kiryat Shmona since 1990. The Jewish Federation of San Francisco, which donated the money for a masterplan  for the HaZahav Park and for setting up the northern part of,it, supported the establishment of the Amuta with the aim of generating cooperation and involvement of the city’s residents in the planning process, establishment and operation of the park. The Fund numbers about 20 members with different backgrounds, from Kiryat Shmona and its surrounds, who work together voluntarily to promote the park.

The most important projects undertaken by the Amuta in recent years include:

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The Amuta for the Preservation of Charms of Nature and Scenery in Kiryat Shmona is a not-for-profit organization that invests all of its resources in activities to promote environmental issues, the most important of which is preservation and development of HaZahav Park and the Ein Zahav Stream in Kiryat Shmona.

The Fund has dozens of volunteers who work hard for Kiryat Shmona’s community and for the benefit of future generations.

In order to continue its activities, the Fund relies on financial donations.

All donations are welcome.

We thank you sincerely,

The Amuta for the Preservation of Charms of Nature and Scenery in Kiryat Shmona.

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