The Be’er Sheva River looked like a vision from an apocalypse. Piled garbage sat on the remains of the dry riverbed. from which land had been illegally dredged for construction. Sewage from neighboring towns had oozed alongside.
That was how it was. Now the river, located near the southern entrance of the Negev city, is undergoing a makeover to create the Be’er Sheva River Park, from the Arad Valley westward to the Be’er Sheva Valley. The 8-kilometer long park features green lawns, groves of trees, a botanical garden, footpaths and bicycle paths, and a promenade. And, still, despite all, garbage and various other eyesores.