, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 24 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero on Monday announced that his administration will establish recreational parks in each of the 18 constituencies in the city.
Kidero further assured that the County Government will establish parks at the ward levels saying that this new venture will not only boost tourism in the capital city but also generate revenue.
Kidero spoke while unveiling the second phase of rehabilitation of the Jevanjee Gardens through a Sh35 million donation from United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).
“We want to establish a park in each and every constituency in Nairobi. Over the years people have tried to grab this park and we are in the process with the Jevanjee family to rehabilitate it,” Kidero said.
“This garden was first established in 1906 for recreational purposes and we want to return it to its glory and with the help of the UN -Habitat we will achieve it.”
“It was supposed to be done in three phases but with this boost in finances we will manage to do it in one phase which will be completed in six months.”
“There will be no park fees and no commercial activity will be allowed in the park as has been the case in the past,” explained Kidero.
UN- Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos called on members of public to participate in the use and maintenance of the park after its rehabilitation.
“The shops that are right in front and around the park that will benefit from the park also have a moral duty in the park maintenance,” he urged.
Once complete, the new-look Jevanjee Gardens will have a playground for children, waterfalls and picnic areas for members of the public.
Governors have been revamping tourism in their counties through the establishment of recreational parks.
Earlier this month, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua opened the county’s first recreational grounds, named Machakos People’s Park.
The park which cost an estimated Sh20 million is home to the continent’s first field amphitheatre and is expected to generate upwards of Sh100 million for the county annually.
“We plan to make Machakos County the tourism hub of Kenya so as to generate wealth to enable us to transform the lives of our people,” Mutua said at the opening.
The 40-acre park which sits right on the edge of the New Machakos City site will also be home to the county’s first public swimming pool and includes the Maruba dam on which visitors can go boat riding on the five-seater MV Machakos.