About the Tel Aviv Park for Couple PhotosCharles Clore Park is located in southwest of Tel Aviv, between the Dolphinarium and the northern houses of Jaffa. There is nothing like this park in Tel Aviv, which is a perfect setting for couples who come here to take photos, on their wedding night, with the romantic sunset of the Mediterranean Sea as a background.
The park is near the Mediterranean, but it has no real beach of its own. There are extensive lawns and long paths for people and cyclists, a pleasant promenade, fitness facilities and games for children and various sculptures. The design of the park was done by A. Hillel, who was a landscape architect, and in the early 1970's was chosen to plan and design the park.
On the grass here Tel Avivians pass the time. There are those who just lie down and relax from a tiring labor day. Others have picnics, grilling over the BBQ or practicing yoga, running jogging or exercising. Ball games and reading books - everything goes here and there is room for everyone.
At the end of the 1990's the park was connected to Jaffa and completed the promenade, which now stretches along the entire coast of Tel Aviv, north of the city all the way to the Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa.
On the southern end of the park you can see the Beit Gidi museum, which is a beautiful architectural combination between an ancient ruin, with a reconstruction of a modern upper part, made of glass and metal. The museum documents the events in the Arab village of Manshiyeh, which was here until the establishment of the state.
The park is named after a philanthropist named Charles Clore, who raised donations to build the park.
Why Is there No Beach At the Charles Clore Park?You must have noticed that the park does not have the beach, like the one on its northern border. There is an interesting historical reason for this, which begins before the War of Independence.
Where the park stands today, a Jewish neighborhood named Yefe Nof was in the 19th century. Nearby was the neighborhood of Manshiya, an Arab neighborhood that was a sort of northern suburb of Jaffa. Even before the War of Independence, Arab snipers were shooting from the neighborhood of Manshiyya, shooting at Jews in the Jewish neighborhoods of Tel Aviv.
When the war began, Manshiya was severely damaged, but in parallel with the ongoing battles in the area, many new immigrants were housed there. Manshiyeh quickly became a crowded slum with a half-destroyed infrastructure.
After the end of the war, disputes began between the city's leaders regarding the Manshiyeh neighborhood. Some argued that it should be demolished and built in its place as a modern neighborhood, while others advocated its rehabilitation. Finally, in 1963, it was decided to evacuate and demolish the houses of the neighborhood. Towards the end of the decade, they completed the evacuation of its residents and municipal contractors began demolishing the houses of the neighborhood.
But the contractors who demolished the houses in the neighborhood did not remove the huge building waste that had accumulated there. Instead, they moved the debris to the nearest place available-into the sea. When it became clear to the town officials that the sea and the shore had accumulated huge amounts of building debris, the municipality was required to clean the beach and the water. But then it was decided to cover the ruins with dirt, a much cheaper solution, and to plant grass on them. This is how the park you see before you was born, a park over the rubble and over the dry surface of the sea, by the debris of the building that filled it.