A Makeover for Monfort Lake

Government Ministries and the Municipality of Ma'alot are promoting a plan to turn Monfort Lake into the largest tourism and vacation center in the Galilee

The Municipality has submitted a plan to build 800 hotel rooms, 12,000 sqm of commercial areas and 2,000 residential units around the lake.

The Municipality, various ministries and the Israel Land Authority will invest approx. 120M NIS in infrastructures, urban schemes and landscape works around the lake, in addition to private investments estimated at around half a billion New Shekels.

The complex will also include Israel's largest extreme park, ecologic waterfalls street and an ecologic agricultural farm.

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During the week of September 5th, the Mayor will arrive in  New York  for meetings with donators in order to raise funds to support public projects in the .vicinity of the lake as well as to interest investors in the hotel projects

The Municipality of Ma'alot Trashiha has filed a plan to amend the Monfort Lake urban scheme that will enable building 700 hotel rooms, 12,000 sqm of commercial areas and approx. 2,000 residential units around the lake. This is a complete makeover for the Monfort Lake and will turn it into one of the largest tourism centers in the Galilee, whilst preserving ecologic principles. The urban scheme was prepared by Miloslavsky Architects. Promoting and preparing a budget for the plan was done in collaboration by the Ministry of Tourism, the Israel Land Authority and the Municipality of Ma'alot Trarshiha. 

The new plan was inspired by the coastal town of Cassis in the south of France and will include a number of smaller accommodation and commercial areas alongside some luxurious hotels. The smaller complexes will include mostly 3 star motels that will offer attractive prices in order to draw the broad public from all across the country. Furthermore, the plan is compatible to the Ministry of Tourism's policy which increased the grant from 20% as was customary in our area until now to 33% for each developer that will build a hotel or 3 star motel. Hotels ranked above 3 stars will receive a 20% grant.

Near the hotels, in the eastern end of the lake, the plan is to build 2,200 new residential units (after easements), in the Tzurim neighborhood and another 200 residential units on the west, in the Nof Agam neighborhood.

Shlomo Bohbot, Mayor of Ma'alot Trashiha: "the purpose of the new plan is to establish Monfort Lake as a regional tourism, vacation and sports center, which will serve as a touristic and economic leverage to benefit local residents. We also made sure that the plan mixes the use of tourism and commercial areas in open areas, promenades, accommodation complexes and locations to simply enjoy nature, all while taking optimal advantage of the land". Bohbot added that the "Monfort Lake complex will offer a solution for tourist visiting the Galilee who are forced to travel long distances between their accommodation and local attractions. The complex will allow them to stay in the complex, choose from a selection of hotels at various levels according to their budget and enjoy fun attractions without having to leave the complex at all, including: extreme, romance, hiking trails – the amazing Nahal Kziv stream, arts, ecologic experiences in the ecologic agricultural farm, bird watching and culinary tours".

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Construction of a luxurious spa hotel owned by the Amar brothers has already begun. Developer Rani Zim has purchased 22 dunam on the lake front and intends to build a hotel with 250 rooms and a 7000 sqm congress and commercial area with 24 stores along the lake. The plan also includes a new, large and unique hotel that will be marketed at a later stage – the Reservation Hotel in Kziv Valley with 230 rooms rated A, which will transform luxury tourism in the Galilee. There are also plots designated for a resort with about 100 rooms, 7 motels with 24 rooms each and 3 motels on the lake front resembling Cassis in south of France with 54 rooms. Approx. 800 rooms in total.

In addition to the hotel and commercial areas, an ecologic agricultural farm will be built as well as an ecologic waterfall street, which will be based on a water system that creates a sense of a stream with waterfalls flowing into the lake, which will rotate the lake water. There will also be art galleries, ice cream parlors, cafes and concept stores in the form of designed containers, for the first time in Israel. The waterfalls street is planned to connect the lake complex with the prestigious Nof Agam neighborhood. The waterfalls street was planned by landscape architect Amir Blum together with Ofra, an expert on water flora and lighting architect Gil Teichman.

The lake water will be treated as part of a large ecologic project with extensive planting of wetland flora that will improve the clarity and biologic variety of the water as well as purification of the overland flows feeding the lake, with biologic filters.  

The largest and most advanced extreme park in Israel will also be built, inspired by parks in Germany and Holland. Approximately 7.5M NIS will be invested in building the park that will be spread across 6 dunam. The Municipality will import an innovative facility, the first and only of its kind in Israel, reaching 22 meters high over a system of ropes, with 4 floors (stages) and more than 120 elements for all ages: 24 climbing trails, rope climbing in different difficulty levels, 48 "stages", abseiling wall, climbing wall, giant swing, bungee, omega, a climbing floor for children, performance stage on the upper floor for unique events, instruction and empowerment stage for groups on the bottom and more. The park's plan is prepared by the Municipality in collaboration with the Israel Land Authority and the Ministry for Development of the Negev and the Galilee. In addition to the unique facility, the park will also offer an upgraded bike riding trail, omega ride, a children's park and more.

Work at Lake Monfort has begun and the budgets come from the Municipality, Israel Land Authority, Ministry for Development of the Negev and the Galilee, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Education, Jewish National Fund and the Foundation for Rehabilitation of Open Areas.