About Tel Aviv's Community ParkBetween the high-tech zone, the home of giants such as Google, Pelephone and Check Point, and the quiet Bitzaron neighborhood, just off the Peace Road, Haskalah Park is an ecological, smart and loving place for the environment and people.
The park is relatively new and was established in order to create a point of nature in Tel Aviv. Apart from a pleasant shield for human visitors, there is everything here to attract animals, birds, reptiles and insects to the zoo. The structure of the park is designed to allow them to nest in specially constructed enclosed pergolas, to drink water, to catch sun in and to provide shelter among the diverse vegetation in the garden. The planners, led by architect Ram Eisenberg, have created a variety of biotopes designed to attract songbirds and butterflies. Which reminds us that in the park there were also a number of signs that explain to the visitors about the flora and fauna here. Perhaps this is why the park won the pharmacist prize, one of the most important in the field.
Haskala Park was built around the trees that remained from the neglected grove that existed here in the past. Thus, combining new vegetation with the everlasting pine trees that were constant here, the result of the fierce winds that have been here for many years to the west, from today's Wadi Musrara and Wadi Ayalon.
The architects even added lanterns, leaning against the trees. And by the way, the lamps that operate within them are environment friendly. They use bulbs that collect solar electricity from sunlight each day and illuminate the park in the evening.
The name of the street, Haskalah Boulevard, was also incorporated here. The seating areas in the park were located under the trees, and on each table are excerpts of literature from the Enlightenment period or from children's stories. Even the shelter in the park was painted and became part of an open class. It has pictures and written information about the great Enlightenment period in literature and allows teachers from nearby schools to go out with students to a class in nature.
The park also contains a large dog park, close by to playgrounds, including a game facility for petanque (French ball game), children's playgrounds, rope swings, hammocks and game armchairs - just leave the phone and play with them ...
About the Enlightenment PeriodThe park treats the people of the Hebrew Enlightenment, who were writers and Jewish intellectuals, including Ginzburg, Zweifel and Ben Ze'ev. In fact, the entire Bitzaron neighborhood commemorates them by the names of its streets, as is the avenue in which Haskalah Park is located.
The period of Jewish Enlightenment, which developed in the 18th century under the influence of ideas of the European Enlightenment, emphasized the centrality of human reason and reason in all areas of human life. The movement sought freedom of thought, freedom of religion and belief, and freedom from religious authorities and restrictive traditions.
Just like the general Enlightenment movement, the Jewish movement also placed the individual at the center and the individual's good and freedom. It saw the individual's desire to determine the way of life and not the demands of society. In this, it derived from humanism, which placed man at the center and saw him as the person who possessed intellect and reason, and therefore had the right to free choice, which appealed to many Jews.
During the Enlightenment, the Jewish Enlightenment opened to its surroundings and adopted various ideas and lifestyles of the non-Jewish society around it, willing to integrate into it, not as a people but as quality individuals and contributing to their personal abilities.
Bitzaron NeighborhoodThe Bitzaron neighborhood is a neighborhood with a variety of small, detached homes, many of which have been expanded into luxurious and pleasant apartments. The neighborhood, which is mostly two floors, is one of the ares in Tel Aviv that allows you to live in a kind of "kibbutz in the city" and prices of the apartments accordingly. It has older residents, along with many artists, journalists and high-tech professionals who have come here in recent years.
Before the establishment of the Bitzaron neighborhood, there were large citrus groves here. The neighborhood was built during the period of immigration after World War II, in order to expand the supply of municipal workers of those days. Here, by the way, Shlomo Artzi grew up in the same period, whose father was one of the senior municipal employees.
Today, it is nice to walk between the "trains" on the eastern side of Bitzaron Street or in the narrow alleys on the side of the park. These alleys are actually small Dutch streets called "trails."
It is worth coming to see here the little gardens next to each apartment and the rooftops where the residents sit in the evening, in order to enjoy the breeze.