Wadi Kofer Park Ramat Amidar, Ramat Gan, 2018
Working with the city of Ramat Gan, a suburb of Tel Aviv, REED rejuvenated a discarded wasteland area burdened by infrastructure, creating instead an urban jungle park. A place for the local members of the community to socialize, play, and experience nature in the midst of the city.
The park is situated in Ramat Amidar, a working-class neighborhood that lacks quality public spaces, on a stretch of land dense with infrastructure: a major submerged stormwater system; a busy transportation artery and alongside it an acoustic barrier; and a high voltage power transmission line.
Beautiful pre-existing Ficus religiosa and North Indian rosewood trees served as the inspiration for a rewilding design concept. The mature trees form the spine of the park’s central walkway. The sense of nature’s diversity was further enhanced by additional extensive plantings and the creation of a system of trellises and cables stretching between walls and columns on which climbing plants spread, generating visual interest, shade, and refuge for birds.
Several playground hubs are connected by a bicycle track looping between them. Benches, swings, and play spaces offer multiple additional alternatives for recreational activities and the experiences presented by the enhanced natural diversity.
Size: 27 Dunam
REED Lead Arch: Yaron Zelnik
Client: Ramat Gan Municipality
Project Manager: Eran Tzubary
Riding Infrastructure: Mountain Goat (Ez Harim)