The demolition of the abandoned Dolphinarium building represents the final step in the Tel Aviv Municipality realizing its vision to extend the coastal promenade along Tel Aviv beach and improve access to the beach.
The removal of the derelict and hazardous eyesore, which blocked the sea from the city, will make way for a coastal park and Water Sports Community Center. Support is still needed for this project, which is designed to make the beach more accessible and offer water sports activities, educational programs for children, and space for foot traffic and seating.
Mayor Ron Huldai said, “Increasing public access to the sea is one of the first goals I set for the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality when I entered office and I am happy that we have reached this moment.”
The Tel Aviv Foundation is still accepting donations to bring this project to fruition.
Click here to watch a short video about the project (narration in Hebrew; English transcript below).
Opening the sea and the promenade.
Introducing the Water Sports Community Center and a new park on the Charles Clore Promenade.
The old Dolphinarium building becomes an open public area.
There will be a park and a public beach promenade that will complement the existing promenade along the beach and pedestrians will be able to walk right alongside the sea.
At the sea level, a Water Sports Community Center will be established that will serve the general public.
A restaurant, snack bar, new observation points towards the sea and a pergola will be built above it, shading the sitting area and the observation deck.
New access roads will flow from the city to the promenade and the beach, and the existing bike trail will continue southward and merge with the trail along Charles Clore Park.
And finally, the forecast: In the not too distant future we will all be able to walk along the coast from Tel Baruch to Bat Yam.