Teddy Park (Jerusalem)

Teddy Park, also known as Teddy Kollek Park, is a public park situated opposite Jerusalem's Old City and David's Citadel, and integrated with the Hutzot HaYotzer Artists complex in the Mitchell Parks & Gardens. The park was developed by the Jerusalem Foundation in memory of Jerusalem's long serving mayor, Teddy Kollek,[1] and opened to the public in 2013.

Teddy Kollek Park
Coordinates31°46′32.1″N 35°13′35.7″E / 31.775583°N 35.226583°E / 31.775583; 35.226583
Teddy Fountain by daylight



The comprehensive planning, design and supervision of the development of the park and its surroundings, including its structures, landscaping, water features, and the renovation of the Hutzot Hayotzer complex, was carried out by the office of Uri Shetrit Architects Ltd. together with A.I. Architecture and Urban Design (Isaac Halfon and Alan Aranoff architects).[2]

A major feature of the park is its splash fountain that orchestrates animated water, sound and lighting. Journalist Linda Gradstein described it as a landscape of "spouting water geysers" just outside the walls of the Old City.[3] Water shoots from the fountains in sync with music every 30 minutes; in the evening a light show plays while during the day children run among the water spouts.[4] The music was composed by the New Jerusalem Orchestra and the East West Ensemble (Yisrael Borochov) incorporating themes from Jewish, Arab and African musical traditions.[1][5] The fountain was donated by Alan Hassenfeld, philanthropist and former Hasbro Toys chairman.[1] The fountain is noted as a place where people from every segment of Jerusalem's ethnically and religiously varied population mingle with visitors from around the globe.[6] The water feature concept was developed by Stéphane Llorca of JML Consultants.[1]

Teddy Park integrates with the landscaping immediately to its north, designed by Safdie Architects. During the construction process, antiquities were discovered on site that include: a Roman water cistern, remnants of the Roman 10th Legion, a Byzantine complex, and a 19th-century structure that was integrated into the design of the park itself by the architects.[citation needed]

The Hutzot Hayotzer complex houses a multimedia Visitor's Center that contains an interactive exhibition of Teddy's story and the history of the development of the modern city.[4]


  1. ^ The political status of Jerusalem remains disputed. Both Israel and the State of Palestine claim as its capital although but a few countries recognized it as such but it is not recognized by the United Nations and other countries.


  1. ^ a b c d Prusher, Eileen (3 May 2013). "The Color of Water: a fountain of hope in the heart of Teddy's Jerusalem A new park named for the late Jerusalem mayor, not far from the Old City's Jaffa Gate, will have a state-of-the-art musical fountain where water does not spout so much as sashay and swing". Haaretz. Archived from the original on 13 November 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Teddy Kolek Park, Jerusalem". Archived from the original on 22 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  3. ^ Gradstein, Linda (27 September 2013). "New Teddy Fountain in Jerusalem attracts thousands". Heritage Florida Jewish News. The Media Line. Archived from the original on 26 June 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Jerusalem Summery Fun in Teddy Park". Jerusalem Foundation. Archived from the original on 24 November 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Teddy Kollek park fountain plays the music of the NJO". New Jerusalem Orchestra. Archived from the original on 4 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  6. ^ Steinberg, Jessica (24 September 2013). "Teddy Park is capital's new 'beach' Jets spurting cool streams draw visitors from all over town to Jerusalem's 'best playground'". Times of Israel. Archived from the original on 10 January 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2014.