•Uhuru Park will have manicured lawns, maintained trees, enhanced walkways and green spaces.
Uhuru Park will have manicured lawns, maintained trees, enhanced walkways and green spaces. https://bit.ly/3HjC2w0
Uhuru and Central parks were officially commissioned on September 12, by former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The two parks were Nairobi's last projects to be commissioned by Uhuru before his presidential tenure ended.
Using their contractors, the Nairobi Metropolitan Services renovated the two parks to give them a world-class modern look.
The parks had been outdated and renovations ought to have been done 20 years ago.
MPs allocated Sh1 billion for the renovation.
Uhuru Park will have manicured lawns, maintained trees, enhanced walkways and green spaces.
The lilies pond at the park will be turned into an aquarium named Uhuru Aquascape.
A larger artificial lake will be transformed into a major waterfront with a Swahili restaurant.
There will be an outdoor amphitheatre fitted with an audio-visual screen, a Nyatiti-shaped events garden, and a children’s play area, with bouncing castles and merry-go-rounds.
The iconic Nyayo statue and Mau Mau freedom fighters monuments will be maintained.
There will be a botanical space with all species of flowers and plants to capture Kenya’s floral biodiversity, with flowers and plants labelled to enhance learning.
Management offices, event spaces, ablution facilities, physical exercise spaces and touristic features and attractions will be available.
They will be fenced and manned, allowing the two parks to operate on a 24-hour basis.
There will be terraced sitting areas with a biosphere look, a dancing fountain put up along Processional Way, several eateries and two high-end restaurants.
Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja had announced the annual Nairobi Festival, a fun-filled fair to be held every December to display and celebrate the “vibe of the city”.
The event said will be held on December 12, Jamhuri Day.
Sakaja said the fete will bring together food, the arts, matatu art awards, as well as exhibitions on designated city streets.
“In December, we will set aside some streets to display culture, food, creativity, have the nganya awards for the best done matatus, have rugby, football and basketball tournaments and many other activities,” he said.
Sakaja also directed the amendment of “archaic” laws which he said have inhibited photography, videography, film and the creative industry in Nairobi.