Badi Gives a Sneak of New Look Uhuru Park, State of Art Facilities

  • File photo of Uhuru Park in Nairobi uncdergoing renovations
    File photo of Uhuru Park in Nairobi undergoing renovations
  • The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director General, Mohamed Badi, says the revamped Uhuru Park will be launched on Saturday, August 6, by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    Speaking on Thursday, August 4, Badi disclosed that the recreation park has been revamped using antique materials such as old buses and aircraft to give it a unique look and feel.

    Badi revealed that NMS acquired old double-decker buses which have since been converted into restaurants that have also been segmented to cater for all people visiting it.

    NMS Director General Mohamed Badi during an interview on Spice FM on Thursday August 4, 2022
    NMS Director General Mohamed Badi during an interview on Spice FM on Thursday, August 4, 2022
    Spice FM

    For children who visit Uhuru Park, Badi detailed that NMS has created ice cream parlours at different points, all built using old buses and other antique materials to improve the park's aesthetics.

    According to Badi, the new look Uhuru Park has an old aircraft converted into a modern high-end hotel.

    "It has taken us time because we went for benchmarking in places such as Addis Ababa because they have good recreational parks. We are now modifying what we saw to suit Kenya's taste," Badi told Spice FM.

    "Within Uhuru Park, we will have high-end, middle income and low-income restaurants."

    According to the NMS master plan, the new look Uhuru Park will also have a modern garden with waterfronts. The green spaces will feature, among other amenities, a plant nursery, skating park, nature trail, outdoor library, jogging and cycling tracks, maintenance yard, offices and shearer garden.

    The Park will be under 24 hours surveillance once opened to the public.

    The NMS Director General noted that Uhuru will officially Commission it on Saturday. However, renovation works will continue for the next two months.

    "We intend to open this weekend. It will be commissioned this weekend but the works are 80 per cent complete.

    "It will take another month or two to finish everything and open it to the public. But His Excellency the President will open it this weekend," Badi added.

    NMS, whose term expires towards end of this year, explained that political rallies at the park will be restricted after it reopens.

    According to Badi, the mental health issue informed the decision to renovate Uhuru Park and Central Park. It also emanated from the demand from stakeholders after the completion of Michuki Park.

    An image of Uhuru Park
    An image of Uhuru Park