NEW "TEDDY PARK" BOASTING MULTIMEDIA WATER FOUNTAIN TO OPEN IN JERUSALEM
New York - May 16, 2013: Named after former Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek, the new "Teddy Park" will open this summer in Mitchell Park beneath the Old City walls near Jerusalem's Jaffa Gate.
Teddy Park commemorates the life and vision of Jerusalem's legendary Mayor Teddy Kollek, who, during his tenure from 1965 to 1993, spearheaded dozens of development projects in Jerusalem including the creation of outdoor public spaces, the installation of outdoor sculptures and the smooth reunification of the city in 1967.
The focal point of Teddy Park is the Hassenfeld Family Fountain, a colorful display featuring computerized floodlit water performances accompanied by specially composed music created by the New Jerusalem Orchestra. The multimedia fountain will feature nightly sound, light and water performances, free of charge.
Teddy Park will also include a visitor's center with a 3D film depicting the development of Jerusalem during Kollek's nearly three-decade tenure as mayor; a sun dial designed by Israeli artist Maty Grunberg; an eight-foot globe sculpture designed by British artist David Breur-Weil; a family wishing-well made of Jerusalem stone; and environmental sculptures.
"We are thrilled to unveil this innovative new park in my hometown of Jerusalem," said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America. "Teddy Park will serve as an exciting new attraction for both residents and visitors to Jerusalem."
Teddy Park is an initiative of the Israel Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Foundation's private donors from around the world.
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