To Steven

The ShapePark is a memorial to Guido Guth’s late friend Steven Karger, of Basel Switzerland. Steven died far too young, at the age of 49. He was Managing Director of S. Karger AG, an international publishing house in the field of medicine and a very active member of the Jewish community in Basel.

Steven Karger 1959-2008

“I have many good memories of our involvement with the Jewish Community in Basel, especially the Jewish Student Organization and the many projects for young leadership,” remembers Guido. Even after Guido made Aliyah to Israel with his family, the bond with Steven remained so strong that Steven supported Guido in establishing his own company in Kfar Saba.

This project of an outdoor fitness gym and trail in Israel – free of charge and accessible to everyone – is a symbolic continuation of their path together from Switzerland to Kfar Saba. It would have appealed to Steven. The idea of enjoying sport activities close to home, with family or friends, after work or on the weekend, is perfectly in line with Steven’s values and life as a family man and member of the community. Steven’s family always shared his values and supported the creation of the ShapePark by providing substantial help and bringing on board many of their friends from Switzerland.

We hope the trail will help build individual and communal strength and well-being, in keeping with Steven’s spirit.