REHABILITATION OF PARK

Uhuru park closed for three-month renovation

The dilapidated park will undergo rehabilitation for a period of three months.

In Summary

• In a notice of motion, assembly Majority Leader Abdi Guyo pushed for the parks' renovation.

• He said the status of the capital city's parks and green spaces has deteriorated.

Uhuru Park has been officially closed for a period of three months to allow rehabilitation.
Uhuru Park has been officially closed for a period of three months to allow rehabilitation.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI

Uhuru Park has temporarily been closed for renovation.

The park will undergo rehabilitation for three months under the Nairobi Metropolitan Service.

This follows concerns by MCAs over the untended state of both Uhuru and Central parks which are at risk of losing their historical significance and recreational appeal if not restored.

Uhuru Park has been officially closed for a period of three months to allow rehabilitation.
Uhuru Park has been officially closed for a period of three months to allow rehabilitation.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI

In a notice of motion tabled last Thursday, assembly Majority Leader Abdi Guyo pushed for the parks' renovation.

He said the status of the capital city's parks and green spaces has deteriorated over the decades as maintenance and renovation have not kept pace with the increasing population and residents' demands to use the park.

Uhuru Park closed for a period of three months to allow rehabilitation. Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Uhuru Park closed for a period of three months to allow rehabilitation. Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI

Guyo said he was deeply concerned parks of historical and national significance risk losing international appeal, recognition and status because of neglect.

"The disrepair of facilities and amenities at the two parks is worrying," he said.

Uhuru Park temporarily closed for a period of three months to allow rehabilitation.
Uhuru Park temporarily closed for a period of three months to allow rehabilitation.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Uhuru Park closed for a period of three months to allow rehabilitation. Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Uhuru Park closed for a period of three months to allow rehabilitation. Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI

Guyo, who is the Matopeni MCA, said green spaces like parks are critical to urban environments as they provide recreation and wellness. They also provide  environmental management and green space sustainability.

He emphasised that rehabilitation of urban parks and green spaces in Nairobi is a presidential legacy project, so the county should step in and provide a face-lift.

"The fourth schedule of the Constitution provides for the functions and powers of county government concerning amenities, including county parks and recreational facilities,” Guyo said.

 

Edited by CM