The popular Golda walking and running track in Holon has now been upgraded with new illustrated signs, including directions and distance measurements. The illustrations, commissioned by Holon Municipality from the Holon illustrator and cartoonist Dudi Shamai, show the image of former Prime Minister, the late Golda Me’ir, engaged in various sporting activities: running, riding an exercise bike, and working on exercise equipment. The images are humorous, and of course include the well-known “Golda Shoes”.
The Golda Track is 3,300 meters long, and stretches along Golda Meir, David Elazar, Menachem Begin and Reuven Barkat Streets. It was laid out in 1990, at the initiative of Holon Municipality, in an area which then consisted mostly of sand, with only a few apartment buildings. At the time, drinking fountains, notice boards and even two public telephones were installed. The track has become very popular with Holon residents, and for many hours of the day the track is full of walkers and runners who find it a very convenient place to exercise. In the past, when there were no roads along the track, it was also used by school children for fitness tests, and even kindergarten children marched along it.
Among other things, the Golda track now includes a large, shaded exercise area on Barkat Street, next to the Briza Sports Center, with hydraulic exercise machines, plus a fitness area at the junction of David Elazar and Menachem Begin Streets. There are drinking fountains next to the seating area at the junction of Barkat and Begin Streets, and also in “The absent-minded man from Kfar Azar” Story Garden along the route, plus a combined drinking fountain for two-legged and four-legged walkers on Barkat St. At the entrance to the story garden on Begin Avenue, there is a digital weighing machine.
The Municipality has recently renovated parts of the Track: broken asphalt was replaced, track marking lines were renewed, and street crossings were made safer and more accessible.
photography: Holon Municipality/ illustration: Dudi Shamai