At the Planning Workshop that was held on 2/10/13 at Ramat Hanadiv, approximately fifty residents from the neighbouring communities came together for an evening of discussion and inspiration.
Unlike many other processes, here, the architect was involved in the collaboration process. This process is based on the City Zoning Plan, which has been approved only recently. This Zoning Plan restricts the potential uses of the site; and consequently, it creates a clearer framework for ‘dreaming’.
At the outset of the evening, the process executed to date was presented, which included a number of stages. These were summarized and formulated into a conceptual philosophy agreed upon by the steering committee, comprised of representatives from Ramat Hanadiv, the Binyamina - Givat Ada Local Municipality, the Quarries Rehabilitation Fund, the Carmel Drainage Authority, and KKL. This formulation was presented to the Planning Workshop participants, and only then did they begin working to develop the concept.
The participants were divided into discussion groups led by planners (graduates of the Technion), and many ideas were raised, some were formulated into guiding principles and others as components in the program. These ideas and principles can be seen in the PDF files located on the left side of the screen.
Among these ideas were several that were raised for the first time.
Tally Tuch, who is responsible for the planning of the Quarry Park, hired by the Quarries Rehabilitation Fund and one of the meeting’s organizers noted, that the evening contributed a great deal to strengthening the planning process and to the initial conceptual development that proceeds the detailed planning.
The following is a list of the ideas that were documented during the course of the evening. The new ideas are marked with an asterisk.
Principles and Goals
• Integration between urban and agriculture.
• Emphasis on seasonality - in the winter- birds, in the spring- flora in bloom, in the summer- activity and camping*
• To map and link the ‘dramas’ of the quarry and its environs to the other projects in the area.
• Affinity and connection to The Shuni Springs, ancient graves, agriculture, the train, Nahal Taninim, the aqueduct, and paths.
• To create sources of revenue built into the plan
• A ‘green’ park - “independent energy”
• Emphasis on the aspects of education, heritage, and the connection to the community, children, and youth
• Do not conceal the wound - Protecting the quarry’s landscape
• Sustainable development / maintaining what already exists- industrial buildings.
• Venue for community gatherings/room for the entire Yishuv (settlement)- Independence Day - 100th anniversary celebrations (2022)
• It should be open 24 hours - accessible to everyone. Free admission.
• Ecological corridors from Ramat Hanadiv to the other side of the road (through the quarry)
• Entrance by elevator through a shaft that traverses the mountain - a ‘wow’ experience *
• To bring construction closer to the cliff to enhance the experience (not in accordance with the City Zoning plan)*
• Bridges in the air * /a floating bridge on the lake
• Water flowing to the top of the hill at night*
• Yoga Center *
• Environmental College - construction outside of the quarry and the practical experience inside the quarry*
• A pathon the side of the cliff (like in China/Japan)*
• To network the space using a system of pools*
• Film screenings – simultaneous multi-directional screening /3-dimensional/ sing-alongs *
• Realization of the acoustic potential - like a ‘shouting corner’, performances, etc.*
• Tent Building Workshops*
• Minimizing garbage – not selling food and beverages in disposable containers - recycling and compost corners for use at The Park *
• Nighttime observation points to view animals around the water pits*
• Use of the industrial zone for slides and activities/emphasis on preserving the engineering structures.
• A maze above the water basin
• Lodging/ Camping
• A challenging and non-challenging bicycle path that will be connected to the Hanadiv Gardens and Shvil Israel/bike rental
• A small amphitheater - in addition to and to strengthen Shuni
• Creating a lake - Water from the river can flow in from the east and flow back to the river from the west/Water Theme - Past and Present/Accessible Water - Inaccessible People - for animals/ boats for rent
• Seasonal winter pond
• Generating energy within the boundaries of the quarry - solar cells, water propulsion - waterfall from the top of the cliff
• Educational tracks on various subjects
• Stone sculpture garden- large scale / stone sculpture workshops
• Climbing wall
• Restricted areas
• Accessibility - adapted for the disabled and children, wide paths, seating and shaded areas
• Gardening well suited for the characteristics of the region- agriculture and The Carmel. Vineyards (The Wine Route).
• Axes - The water axis - the wine axis - and the heritage axis- Shuni, Tel Tzur, The First and Second Aliyah, the establishment of Zichron Yaakov and Binyamina, Ehud Manor and the Music Center.
• Farmers’ Market/Art
• Visitors’ Center
• Restrooms (not just at the entrance)
• Transporting people into the quarry using preexisting quarry tracks
• The Quarry Museum
• Outdoor open/closed classrooms, observation points
• Parking for vehicles
• Sitting and recreational areas
• Nooks for bird nesting in the walls of the quarry
• Community Garden - Including elementary school students in planting the flowerbeds - agriculture lessons
• Corners carved into the walls for solitude and lounging
• Entrances - Upper and lower passage from the direction of Givat Hamishar, and entrances from the direction of the fields and the train tracks.
• Renting small off-road/all-terrain vehicles
• Pollution –free backlighting at night - so the ‘Starlight Theater’ can be seen.
• If the train is diverted - use of the existing track for a tourist train from Binyamina to the quarry
• Hanging Gardens
And what next…?
A consultant of hydrology and a transportation consultant are preparing a report of their recommendations. The moment these are received, the planner will begin work on the detailed plan. This process is expected to take a year. During this time, we will try to bring the quarry a bit back to life even before its rehabilitation…