ECO PARK – EIN GEDI
This is an ongoing project situated at the heart of Kibbutz Ein Gedi. The environmental education centre is designed to combine ecological methods with nature: solar cooking, organic gardening, community garden, recycling, mud construction and a living area. The park houses crocodiles,
turtles, shrews, monkeys and goats providing a petting zoo environment for its visitors.
The Eco Park provides training sessions for groups of children and youth from both the local communities and visitors on school trips.
The surroundings of the park – Ein Gedi Botanical Garden – provides a natural atmosphere that compliments the park’s environment and purpose.
ECO PARK – EIN TAMAR
At the entrance to the Moshavim Neot HaKikar and Ein Tamar, Tamar Regional Council and The Government Tourist Company recognized a suitable location for anchoring tourism to the area. At this place there is also a visitors centre which also serves as a starting point for the many trips available in the area such as; family tours, challenging hikes, bicycle trips, waterfall tours and many more. At the rear of the park there are plans in place for an ecological pool that will simulate the moist habitats of the past in the area.
At the beginning of 2013 work was completed on the first stage of the infrastructure of utilization of the complex; building work, electrical infrastructure, parking area and basic planting. The whole development project was planned from the beginning to compliment the natural surroundings, and is based on this concept with the expectation of preserving the area. The complex is already active and serves the tourists who enjoy the Nachal Amazya scenery.
The whole park is based on the use of local materials that assimilate the desert surroundings. The planners have meticulously used local substances only. The ingenuity of planning the park was created by a local citizen, an artist. He designed every sign as a piece of art that expresses the region’s spirit. In the name of Israeli’s friendly cooperation with Nepal, stones from Mount Everest, the highest point on earth were placed in the park – the lowest point on earth. The composition on the signage was written by The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and the Nature and Parks Authority with the idea in mind of making this unique area easier and more informative for all the visitors.
Nowadays, planning of stage B and C has begun on the Desert Eco-Park. The rear part of the site will be developed as an ecological park incorporating the natural atmosphere and spirit of the area. The planting layout will be based on the regions species only will be cultivated in cooperation with the Nature and Parks Authority and the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael. The Ecological pool will be the central focal point and will restore the natural views of the Salt marshes which surround the area.