24.05.2013 Shishi BaGolan
Yaara Rotem, By Vicky BadrianWork on the first phase of Mikulov Park is to be completed within the next few weeks. The park is being developed by KKL-JNF in honor of the friendship agreement between Katzrin and Mikulov.
The first phase of work is to include the façade of the park, gardening and landscaping, and elements recalling Mikulov, including a miniature clock tower replica of the clock tower that symbolizes Mikulov. There will also be an audio station, where visitors may learn about Mikulov and its rich past.
Czech foresters in Israel in February 2012, Stanislav Boček and his son Samuel planting a tree. Photo: Yoav Devir
and Community Unit Director, Dr. Idit Kimhi: “For the last ten years, Katzrin has had a friendship agreement with Mikulov in the Czech Republic. Since five years ago, this friendship has become very active and meaningful with regard to Jewish history, and friendly relations have developed between the people and the youth who are involved.”
Last year, when the Czech delegation was visiting Israel, there was a cornerstone ceremony for the Mikulov Park in Katzrin attended by many people in the presence of the Deputy Ambassador to Israel from the Czech Republic and her family.
We also heard from our friends from Mikulov, that the Ambassador to Israel from the Czech Republic had told them that their contact with Katzrin is the only active one between cities in the Czech Republic and in Israel, and that he follows it with passion and interest.
When the project is completed, the park will become a hotspot for family recreation, and it is to include a mini-pitch, a labyrinth for children, a challenging cycling trail, sports equipment, petanque courts and a dog park.
We are also planning to install a monument in the park to commemorate those who perished in the Holocaust.
The inauguration of Phase 1 is scheduled to take place on June 24, 2013, attended by the Czech Ambassador to Israel, a delegation from the town of Mikulov, and KKL-JNF Northern Region Director, Yiftah Harchul.