Tel Aviv Kindergarten Nixed Over Flooding Risk

National council overturns local committee's decision to approve the kindergarten's operation, despite a proviso that it would close during heavy rain.

Zafrir Rinat
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A Tel Aviv planning committee’s decision to approve the operation of a municipal kindergarten near the Yarkon River was overturned last week by the National Planning and Building Council. The kindergarten’s location would have been at risk of flooding during rainstorms, and the local committee had therefore included a proviso that the kindergarten would not operate “during heavy rain.”

The local planning committee had received a request to use a youth club on Ussishkin Street for the kindergarten, for a period of 10 years. The club is located 50 meters from the banks of the Yarkon River, in an area where floodwater collects.

The local committee, which discussed the matter seven months ago, was aware of the problematic location of the structure, hence it set a rule that the kindergarten would not operate during heavy rain and when the level of the Yarkon rose. However, the decision did not indicate what constitutes “heavy rain” and at what point the rising water would mean closing the kindergarten.

Because of the proximity of the building to the river, the operation of the kindergarten required the approval of a special subcommittee of the National Planning and Building Council that deals with planning issues in principle. The subcommittee rejected the proposal due to the risk of flooding.

The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality said in response: “The requested use of the place as a kindergarten instead of a club was approved by the Yarkon Drainage Authority. There are other buildings near the river that are even lower than the structure in question, and they are used for one public activity or another. The committee’s demands that the kindergarten not operate during heavy rain were made in light of extra security and concern for the safety of the children. Even in cases of heavy rain, flooding is very rare. There are places where children do not go to kindergarten or school when it is snowing.”

Rowing on the Yarkon.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

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