The ambitious project came to its end. In early August of 1956 the newspapers reported: “Beside the shabby huts of the Mahlool neighborhood, by the hill of love, one pool of shallow water shall be opened, and in late September the other pools will open along with a large café.” Many municipal leaders and members of the community came to open the large pool, the likes of which had never been seen in Israel before. The Gordon Pool soon became a major meeting point for residents of Tel Aviv and central Israel, who enjoyed the cool and refreshing water. Every day, the water for the pool was pumped from an underground well of salt water, at a fixed temperature of 24 degrees Celsius.