Beersheva River Park, Israel's largest park, is the municipal park of the city of Beersheba. The park covers an area of 1,100 acres and also includes 8 kilometers of the Nahal Beersheba streambed. The combination of recreation areas and historical and archeological sites gives visitors an extraordinary experience.
This area used to be Beersheba's garbage dump. The river was filled with sewage and waste. A few years ago, a decision was made to rehabilitate the streambed and turn the ecological disaster into a park that would become a tourist attraction.
Several organizations joined forces to promote the venture- KKL JNF and its friends worldwide, including Germany, USA and Canada; the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and the Galilee; the Beersheba Municipality; the Administration for Restoration and Development of Nahal Beersheba, and the Shikma-Besor Drainage Authority.
As of now, the park includes open spaces, picnic areas, attractions, a promenade and historical sites that tell the story of the city from the dawn of history until the present. The large promenade covers an area of 250 dunams and includes groves, lawns and playgrounds for children. The park has become a venue for music and art performances as well as fairs and events for all ages.
In the western part of the park, KKL-JNF constructed the Liberty Bell Garden – the Plotnick Family Park, on an area of 40 dunams, thanks to a contribution of friends of JNF Canada. The park includes activity, recreation and leisure areas.
In the eastern part of the park, KKL JNF has restored Beit Eshel, an agricultural settlement founded in 1943 for testing the possibilities for sustainability and cultivation of the land in such a difficult desert climate. The historical saga of the small outpost includes difficult battles with the Egyptian army during the War of Independence. Restoration of the historical site was done thanks to contributions of friends of JNF Canada and KKL-JNF Germany.