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[PHOTOS] Tobiko gets his hands dirty in Michuki park cleanup

In Summary

• With funds from the Treasury, KFS has erected a perimeter fence, keeping off outsiders and encroachments from the park.

• At least 2.4 kilometres of walkways have been set up. A total of 4,200 seedlings have been planted which will improve the ambiance.

Environment and Forest CS Keriako Tobiko take part in cleaning of Nairobi river at Michuki memorial park in preparation for it’s reopening.

The national government is doing final touches in rehabilitating Michuki Central Park.

Since the 26-acre park was handed to Kenya Forest Service in April as one of the several green spaces in Nairobi, major works have been carried out to transform it.

With funds from the Treasury, KFS has erected a perimeter fence, keeping off outsiders and encroachments from the park.

At least 2.4 kilometres of walkways have been set up. A total of 4,200 seedlings have been planted which will improve the ambiance.

A nursey has also been laid out which will be supplied with indigenous trees.

Public toilets have also been set up in the park .

Plans are underway for a café and amphitheater in the park and a place where worshipers can pray.

KEFRI officer Samson Mogire inspects an office made of bamboo on July 20,2020 at Michuki Memorial Park during a clean up session in preparation for the reopening of the park.
KEFRI officer Samson Mogire inspects an office made of bamboo on July 20,2020 at Michuki Memorial Park during a clean up session in preparation for the reopening of the park.
Image: MERCY MUMO

Once complete, the Michuki Memorial Park will become an urban forest and follow the model of Karura Forest, which has been safe, self-sustaining and heavily frequented by walkers, runners and nature enthusiasts.

The park is situated along Nairobi River between the Globe Cinema roundabout and the far end of Uhuru Highway.

It is in the neighbourhood of Kijabe Street, Kipande Street, the National Museums of Kenya, Hotel Boulevard, Nairobi University's School of Diplomacy and the Norfolk Apartments.

Prior to 2008, more than two-thirds of the land was largely unattended and was used illegally as a dumpsite.

With the launch of the clean up exercise, all garbage will be collected and also the river banks will be cleared.

 

The Ministry of Environment in conjunction with Kenya Forest Service, the National Environmental Management Authority, the Kenya Forestry Research Institute, the National Museums of Kenya and the Nairobi Metropolitan Service have been undertaking the rehabilitation works at the park.

KEFRI Officer Steven Babu covers seedlings using a bamboo mesh at Michuki Memorial Park during a clean up session.
KEFRI Officer Steven Babu covers seedlings using a bamboo mesh at Michuki Memorial Park during a clean up session.
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Environment CS Keriako Tobiko takes part in cleaning Nairobi River at Michuki Memorial Park on July 20,2020,
Environment CS Keriako Tobiko takes part in cleaning Nairobi River at Michuki Memorial Park on July 20,2020,
KEFRI Officer Samson Mogire takes a walk on a path way made of logs collected from Michuki Memorial Park after some trees were cut down during renovation on July 20,2020
KEFRI Officer Samson Mogire takes a walk on a path way made of logs collected from Michuki Memorial Park after some trees were cut down during renovation on July 20,2020
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Environment CS Keriako Tobiko inspects Nairobi River at Michuki Memorial Park on July 20,2020,
Environment CS Keriako Tobiko inspects Nairobi River at Michuki Memorial Park on July 20,2020,
Amphitheater section being constructed at Michuki Memorial Park
Amphitheater section being constructed at Michuki Memorial Park
Environment PS Chris Kiptoo takes part in cleaning Nairobi River at Michuki Memorial Park on July 20,2020.
Environment PS Chris Kiptoo takes part in cleaning Nairobi River at Michuki Memorial Park on July 20,2020.
Image: MERCY MUMO
Environment CS Keriako Tobiko washes his hands after taking part in cleaning Nairobi River.
Environment CS Keriako Tobiko washes his hands after taking part in cleaning Nairobi River.
Image: MERCY MUMO