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Yarkon Park is a large park in Tel Aviv, Israel, with about sixteen million visitors annually. Named after the Yarkon River which flows through it, the park includes extensive lawns, sport facilities, botanical gardens, an aviary, a water park, two outdoor concert venues and lakes.

Planning of the park began in 1969. When it was opened to the public in 1973, it was called Ganei Yehoshua, honoring Yehoshua Rabinovic, the mayor of Tel Aviv between 1969-1974.

The Yarkon River runs through the park and reaches the Mediterranean Sea at the park's western edge, then connects into the Tel Aviv Port, an entertainment and tourism center. Despite clean-up efforts in the last few years, the river is still polluted. Despite its polluted waters, on July 2011 Tel Aviv's mayor, Ron Huldai, jumped into the water and swam in the lake. Nevertheless, the region has retained its biodiversity. It is home to an abundance of insects, water fowl, golden jackals, porcupines and mongoose.

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