Until the park was established, the whole area was called Hiriya, after an Arab village that had been here before. Between 1952 and 1998 the local authorities in the Dan region evacuated their waste here and over the years it grew into a real mountain. For years, Hiriya, the garbage dump about 60 meters above the ground, was the "waste mountain of the country." There was no good example of an environmental, health and safety hazard in Israel.
The place created severe environmental hazards. The many fires that broke out here, as a result of the fermentation of garbage and gas, damaged the quality of life and air in Tel Aviv and the entire Dan region. The large flock of birds that were concentrated above it constituted a real danger to the planes that took off at the nearby Ben Gurion airport and there was a serious fear of airplane accidents, as a result of birds being sucked into the jet engines.
The decision to build the park was made in 2005. Thus Ariel Sharon Park became a complex engineering and architectural project, which transformed the polluted and neglected - into a huge, green and blooming park. Two years later it was inaugurated as "Ariel Sharon Park."