The Tel Aviv Municipality has some exciting new plans for 2017: the city’s beach boardwalk will be completely renovated, Dizengoff Square will be returned to pedestrians, Independence Hall will be renovated and more.

The Tel Aviv boardwalk

The Tel Aviv boardwalk Photo Credit: Kfir Bolotin

We are only 10 days into 2017 but Tel Aviv Municipality has already started to plan what exciting new things will be happening in the city this year. Among the municipality’s projects this year is the opening of the Tel Aviv White City Heritage Center. Tel Aviv was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its unique architecture. Tel Aviv has also the largest amount of International Bauhaus-style buildings in the world. This year, the municipality will open a center dedicated to this architecture. The German Federal Government will help fund this project.

In recent years, the Tel Aviv Municipality has been working on becoming a private-car free city. In 2011, the city launched its bike-sharing system (Tel-O-Fun). This year, the city will launch AutoTel, bringing it one step closer to becoming private-car free eventually.

The renovation of Tel Aviv’s beach boardwalk will be completed this year. The boardwalk was originally built in the 1970s. The renovation will include upgrades that will make the area more suitable for people with disabilities. The city will also bid farewell to its famous dolphinarium complex. The area will be completely renovated into a marine sports center.

Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Square will be returned to the pedestrians and cyclists within the coming year. “For 40 years, the Dizengoff Square, in the heart of the White City district, has been elevated above the street – preferring traffic over people,” explained the municipality. “In 2017, the square will undergo a major construction project lowering it to street level, with a clear statement that pedestrians deserve more in Tel Aviv.”

Also in 2017, Independence Hall, the original location where the State of Israel was declared in 1948, will be completely renovated and re-opened. Also, an “Independence Trail” will be established. The trail will feature stations reflecting Zionism, the establishment of Tel Aviv as the first Hebrew city and Israeli independence.