Ganei Yehoshua Park is one of the largest urban parks in Israel, and the largest in the Tel Aviv municipality, spreading across 3,750 dunams (3,750,000 square meters) – from the Geha intersection in the East to the edge of the Yarkon River in the West. The park includes extensive lawns, botanical gardens, sports facilities, outdoor concert venues and many more attractions that serve the residents of Tel Aviv and thousands of annual visitors from the rest of the country.
During Israel’s first years of independence, Prime Minister David Ben Gurion made the decision to establish a large urban park in Tel Aviv, designating the land around the Yarkon River for this particular purpose. It was decided that no residential buildings were to be built along the riverbanks, and that the area will remain as an open center and the green “lungs” of the city.
In the late 60s, Tel Aviv’s mayor Mordechai Namir entrusted Moshe Ekron with the park’s founding – Mr. Ekron later became the park’s first Chief Executive Officer. Planning of the park began in 1969, and it was opened to the public in 1973. It was named Ganei Yehoshua, honoring Yehoshua Rabinovich, the mayor of Tel Aviv between 1969-1974.
Ganei Yehoshua Park has undergone many developments over the years, and meets global standards for urban metropolitan parks. The park includes numerous facilities for the city’s residents and visitors from other parts. The largest active area of the park spreads across 2,000 dunams (2,000,000 square meters), 1,200 of which are lush green lawns.
The park’s irrigation systems require over 7,000 annual cubic meters of water. Future plans include the construction of an irrigation system based on reclaimed water from close municipal regions.
The park offers many diverse options for recreational activities: picnic areas, running and jogging lanes, bicycle paths, climbing walls, soccer areas, basketball courts, playgrounds, gardens, a lake and many more. Ganei Yehoshua is also renowned for it’s outdoor concert venues that have hosted many local and international artists such as Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, David Bowie, Carlos Santana, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Aerosmith, Metallica, U2, Depeche Mode, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Sia, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and more.
Ganei Yehoshua Park offers numerous activities and prides itself on being one of the best urban parks in Israel and the Middle East.