Be'er Sheva River Park
Be’er Sheva, known as the Capital of the Negev, is home to 200,000 residents. Through it runs Nahal Be’er Sheva (Be’er Sheva River), a muddy trickle of water except on the few days a year when flash floods run down its banks. The city’s image has mirrored the landscape. Despite its historical significance, many have seen Be’er Sheva as a stagnant backwater, culturally and geographically isolated from the modern miracle of modern Israel.
To thrive, the city must double its population, by keeping students from Ben Gurion University after graduation and convincing commuters from Jerusalem and elsewhere that Be'er Sheva is a desirable place to live. Jewish National Fund, through our Blueprint Negev initiative, is providing the means for a renaissance for this Negev metropolis.
The centerpiece of our efforts is the Be’er Sheva River Park, a massive water, environment and economic development project that is transforming the riverfront into a 1,700-acre civic paradise.
The Be’er Sheva River Park will be an engine for the city’s rebirth. Working with the Israel government and other partners, the creation of a thriving waterfront district will attract new businesses and entice visitors passing through the city to stop, relax, and enjoy a green desert oasis that offers a wealth of possibilities for family recreation. With the construction of beautiful new homes, oriented toward the park and the river, young families are moving to this exciting new neighborhood. Be’er Sheva’s image is being transformed into that of a green and vibrant modern city, truly the capital of the Negev.
Read about the transformation of Be'er Sheva in a Jerusalem Post article.
Get involved and Donate to Be'er Sheva River Park . For naming opportunities call your local office at 888-JNF-0099.