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A special committee that looked into how the area around the Kishon River should be used will recommend that the Israel Lands Administration allocate nearly 600 dunams for a park instead of using the land for a shipping container warehouse, as the Israel Ports Company had requested.

Instead, the ports company will be given other land in the area.

The news elicited mixed reactions from environmental groups, some of which thought a larger parcel should be designated as parkland. The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel said yesterday that the allocated parcel does not include some of the most ecologically important locales in the area, and that those sites would be harmed by container storage operations.

The Kishon River Authority had initially asked for a 1,200-dunam park, but compromised on a smaller area. The ports company said the decision appears to satisfy the public interest in balancing development in Haifa and the north with preserving the area's natural beauty.