Sakaja re-opens Uhuru Park with great news!

The Park was closed to the public in 2022 for rehabilitation by the now-defunct Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).

Nairobi Governor with Private Security Regulatory Authority Director-General, Fazul Mahamed (right) and Nairobi Regional Commander Adamson Bungei (left) at Uhuru Park on March 30, 2024.
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Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has declared the reopening of the newly renovated Uhuru Park to the public.

During the mass registration event for private security guards at the park, Sakaja announced that Uhuru Park would remain accessible to the public after March 30, continuing to host various events.

Explaining the prolonged closure, Sakaja mentioned ongoing renovation work that delayed the reopening.

He expressed gratitude to the private security guards, acknowledging their role in launching the park to the public.

He emphasized that the park, now returned to the people of Nairobi, would be open for future functions.

In a subsequent statement, the Governor confirmed that access to the park would be free of charge, ensuring that all Kenyans could enjoy its amenities without any entry fees.

The closure of Uhuru Park in 2022 for rehabilitation under the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) led to significant improvements spearheaded by the Ministry of Defence.

While renovations were underway, the park occasionally hosted events such as the Nairobi Festival in 2022 and 2023.

Formerly a hub for political rallies in Kenya, Uhuru Park's revitalization aims to serve multiple purposes, including environmental management, socioeconomic development, and public health.

Enhancements to the park include manicured lawns, well-maintained trees, improved walkways, and expanded green spaces.

New features include an outdoor amphitheater with audiovisual facilities, a garden shaped like the Nyatiti instrument, and a dedicated children's play area featuring bouncing castles and merry-go-rounds.

Additionally, updates to the iconic Nyayo statue and monuments honoring Mau Mau freedom fighters reflect the park's historical significance.

The transformation of the man-made lake into a waterfront area, complete with a Swahili restaurant, further enriches the park's offerings for visitors.