The uniqueness of this forest
is in its contribution to the physically challenged and disabled. Every trail, bench, picnic table and facility installed in it was designed with the purpose of being suitable for serving the handicapped public
. The area of Halohem Park was designated for recreational and sports facilities and covers 300 dunams (0.3 km2).
Halohem Park was developed in conjunction with the IDF Disabled Veterans Organization but was also intended to serve all of the disabled in Israel. It was designed by landscape architect Itamar Raayoni. There is a main road that crosses the park, which was designed for wheelchair mobility and has no incline exceeding 6%.
Halohem Park has two main entrances, one north of Highway 383 between Reem Junction and Zecharia Junction, and the other in the south from the direction of Tel Zafit. The main road of the forest is a loop about 10 km long and is marked in red on the map. It is paved with asphalt and is suitable for any kind of vehicle. The route begins in the flat part of the forest
and ascends to the summit of the ridge, which is on the watershed and has awesome scenic observation points
. There is also a road that encompasses the park marked in blue as well as bicycle trails.
The entrance to Halohem Park from the direction of Reem Junction provides quick access to the main sports field at the site. A paved road passes through carob trees, and there are picnic tables in their shade. On the left of the road is a theatre that was designed for 100 wheelchairs as well as stone benches with regular seating for 300 spectators. The playing field has been upgraded recently with a contribution from Rachel Lehrman. The field includes mini-football, basketball, a wooden slide that can be climbed in a wheelchair, swings, benches and pergolas. The basketball court is paved with asphalt, the playground facilities have rubber flooring, and the access paths are wheelchair accessible. A useful addition that turned into a decorative item are the buried trash bins, concrete structures buried 3 meters deep in the ground, covered with wooden boards and closed with plastic covers especially designed so that animals cannot enter them.
A short distance from the playground is the beginning of the Winepress Trail, which was also designed for people who are disabled. It is a loop trail designed so that wheelchair hikers and the visually impaired may move comfortably in natural surroundings. The road is paved with asphalt and goes through the brush for about 1 km with interactive sculptures along the way by the road. The right lip of the path is paved with stones that provide a barrier for the visually impaired and allow for navigation with a cane. The trail passes through natural woodland, pines and carobs. Next to the trail there are ancient farming implements, caves, winepresses, cisterns and remains of agricultural terraces.
Sculptor Zippora Gendler created the interactive sculptures along the trail. They are made of wood and colorful metal pipes, and they look like human masks that can be activated. One serves as a periscope, another as a kaleidoscope, a pair of sculptures are made to transmit tones by means of imitation radar plates, and there is another sculpture for listening to the wind. Construction of this trail by KKL-JNF was undertaken with the assistance of Hadassah Women in honor of Marlene Post, a former National President of the organization, in recognition of her work for the benefit of the disabled in Israel.