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New park to be named for Sharon

Israeli officials proposed naming a park built on an enormous converted garbage dump after Ariel Sharon. Environment Minister Gideon Ezra and Cabinet Secretary Yisrael Maimon said in a letter leaked to the press Tuesday that a park currently under construction on the 110-acre-wide, 200-foot-high Hariya landfill should carry the name of the ailing former premier. “There can be nothing more suitable than to name the park after the prime minister who promoted its establishment,” the letter read. “His love of the land — its vistas, flora and fauna — was deep and true.” Sharon was felled by a stroke last year. Renaming the Hariya conversion project, which is currently known as Ayalon Park, would required Cabinet ratification.