Hadera River Park is located next to Hadera, east to Orot Rabin power station. The park is not a big one, but it can be a nice place for a picnic.
Map of the area:
Hadera River Park Background
Let’s start with some background information about this park:
The river flows for some fifty kilometers through the Coastal Plain before spilling into the sea to the north of Givat Olga. Its main tributaries are the Haviva, Yitzhak, Haderaand Iron rivers. With time, extensive development in the surrounding area has caused the river to become polluted by effluent flowing from factories and the local sewage plants, and until recent years, its lower reaches between Hadera and the sea were a blot on the ecological landscape; the turbid waters stank of sewage and effluent from communities and factories further upriver.
In 1982, the Maor David Power Station (subsequently renamed Orot Yitzhak in memory of Israel’s late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin) was built on the shore to the north of the mouth of the Hadera River, and since coming into operation, it has used the seawater to cool its electricity production units. After use, the water is returned to the sea, about ten degrees warmer than it had been originally, but otherwise no different from before; no pollution is involved.
After the power station was built, a decision was taken to rehabilitate the western section of Nahal Hadera that lies between the Coastal Highway and the point where the river water spills into the sea. KKL-JNF and the Israel Electric Corporation joined forces and established a development authority for the park, under the auspices of KKL-JNF, which is working in conjunction with the Electric Corporation, Hadera Municipality, the Ministry for Environmental Protection and the Society for the Protection of Nature and National Parks.
The coolant water that the power station pumps from the sea plays a role in the river restoration process, as, when it is returned after use, it fills the river with clean water that creates a pollution-free environment for residents of central Israel and enables the area to be used as a venue for recreational activities. The thin stream of pollution that once meandered along the gully has now been transformed into a straight clean river forty meters wide. Around this section of the river, KKL-JNF has developed a park, which, when complete, will cover an area of 750 dunam (approx 187.5 acres).
Source: KKL site
Visiting The Park
Hadera River Park is a pretty small park, but it has great potential. It can be a nice place for a picnic (we visited it after a long weekend so it wasn’t very tidy, not sure how it will be on a regular Sat.). I also read that there are many birds in this area. Next to Hadera river (probably further away from the sea) there is one of the biggest cormorants resting places (during migration period). So far, from my experience, the best place to see cormorants is Ein Afek. But I’ll probably check it out in the winter.
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