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      Archive: 4/8/2012
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        4/8/2012, Nisan 16, 5772

      Half a Million Visit Outdoor Attractions


      About half a million people visited the parks and nature reserves of the Parks and Nature Authority and of the Keren Kayemet L'Yisrael (Jewish National Fund), Sunday, the first of the intermediate days of Passover. Among the most popular places were the Nabi Yosha Forest, where about 15,000 visitors were recorded, a record 5,000 in the Beit She'an Valley's Gan Hashelosha (Garden of the Three), the Jordan River Park - which drew 4,000, and more than 3,000 each at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, Caesaria and Banyas. Another 2,500 were recorded at Masada, and other sites were fully booked.

      Shomron (Samaria) Tourism Coordinator Nati Yisrael told Arutz Sheva that about 15,000 visited information centers for area attractions. More than 5,000 visited the happening in Itamar, The Nachal Kanah streambed park drew about 1,500 and the Nechemiah-area sites drew more than a thousand.

      Officials noted a number of cases of dehydration, and cautioned visitors to take water with them on trips.