Park Ariel Sharon will transform 2,000 acres of undeveloped land into a ‘Central Park’ serving Israel’s most populated urban area. Dominated by a 125 acre landfill mountain, Park Ariel Sharon will reclaim lost land for natural systems, integrating innovative water management techniques. The park will offer a range of landscapes and recreational opportunities, from a programmed urban edge to a wild interior, each responding to site-specific conditions.
In 2001 Laura Starr, partner at Starr Whitehouse, led the initial international planning and design charette to create a vision for the Park. She continues to collaborate on different aspects of Park Ariel Sharon’s development. Most recently, Starr Whitehouse crafted a programmatic plan for the park, using neighborhood and park user information to recommend the locations for playgrounds, visitor centers, and other park features. Starr Whitehouse is also working to establish the park philosophy and guidelines to ensure that Park Ariel Sharon will best serve its local, regional, and international visitors for generations to come.