|M.Sc Student||Ahavan Miri|
|Subject||Planning of a Regional Greenways System|
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Professor Shaul Amir|
The thesis suggests a step-by-step process for planning and management of a greenway plan. The objective of the plan is to provide a mean for quick escape from the urban area to the country’s open spaces through quality natural corridors which improve accessibility to the historic and natural sights of the open spaces.
The plan modeling process is comprised of three phases which are as follows:
1. Study of the area and definition of goals.
2. Planning and development of evaluation.
3. Planning of execution.
In the first phase, goals were defined and area’s potentials were identified: Historical, natural and recreational sights and recreational plans. These were mapped and some linear corridors were identified as connectors of these landmarks.
The natural and historical sights were evaluated according to criteria from the literature. The plan recognized main and secondary sights. The main greenway-trail includes the main sights. These trails will be developed in the first phase of the plan. The secondary sights will be connected to the main Greenway-trail by secondary Greenway-trail which will be developed in the latest phase of the plan.
The second phase of the process comprises the evaluation of the trails. The criteria for evaluation have been defined in five groups: Nature preserve criteria, Suitability of trails to variety of users, Feasibility criteria, Visual criteria, Efficiency and cost criteria. Subsequently, trails for development have been chosen.
The third phase included detail planning according to plan’s principles and objectives.
The planning and management process developed here was implemented in Ashdod urban fringe. The Finding from the case study demonstrated that the process is applicable.
The proposed Greenway planning process provides the planner a new perception to open spaces planning in Israel.