The first thing one notices when presented with the expanse of west Jerusalem's Gan Sacher (Sacher Park) is a simple plant common in much of the world but rare in the big cities and towns of Israel: grass. Jerusalem, for all its venerable charm, is not a particularly verdant city, with only its parks offering any large amount of green space. But the parks are impressive, and Gan Sacher is the best of the lot, a kilometers-long stretch of space separating Nachlaot and Rechavia from the government complex housing the Knesset and the Supreme Court.
The park's amenities include two play areas for children (one large and modern, the other old, wooden and emblematic of a more austere Israel), basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer pitches, a skateboarding park, a dog area, a walking/running path, and two tunnels which seem to serve as the communal canvas of Jerusalem's graffiti artist community. The park is often host to huge concerts during holidays and yearly festivals, and every inch of it is covered by grill-bearing families committed to having fun the only way they know how on Independence Day.
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