As you explore the city, you will discover that city park Nairobi stands out as one of key attractions with the richest biodiversity. At the park, there are over 1000 species of plants and animals. The vegetation is primarily indigenous. The park was once part of the greater Karura Forest before chucks of land was hived off for human settlements. These settlements are now the famous Parklands Estate.
It is one of the oldest parks in the city having been declared as a zoological garden in 1921. Thereafter, it was declared a public park in 1925. Over the years, it has suffered encroachment by land grabbers who have reduced its size from the original 91 hectares to 60 hectares. Today it is a protected area with a legal notice appearing in the Kenyan Gazette Supplement dated 4th September 2009.
What to do at City Park Nairobi
This is one of the best parks frequented by many a people. So what can you do at City Park in Nairobi? Let us explore.
Get in Touch with Kenya’s history
At one corner of the park is a public cemetery. And if you are keen with Kenya’s history, you will find the resting place of Pio Gama Pinto, a journalist and politician who actively participated in Kenya’s road to independence and was assassinated in 1965 barely two years after independence.
Adjacent to the cemetery is the Murumbi Peace Memorial Park. This is where Joseph Murumbi, Kenya’s second vice president and his wife are buried. This is was a family that loved art and culture and the Murumbi exhibitions can also be seen at the National Archives and the Nairobi Gallery. At their burial place, this is also evident with the sculpture garden that is the Murumbi Memorial Park.
There are many activities that you can do at other sections of the park. Evidently if you love things trees you will find this place appealing. There so many tree species here you can study. Animal life is also well represented here with a few species of monkeys making this their home.
There are also nature trails that are loved by nature lovers, who come to spend time here away from the city noise. These same trails are used by people who love to jog around.
The open spaces are always parked on weekends with picnic lovers who take time out to just lying on the ground, playing games or even basking. For some couples it is the perfect place for wedding reception.
There is also a bar and restaurant at one end that provides the best setting for a family get away
Entry and Location
The city park Nairobi is located in Highrigde (most often called Parklands) neighborhood of Nairobi. It is can be accessed through Limuru Road, Muranga Road and Forest Road.
You can take Matatu numbers 11A, 11B, 11C, 106, 107,108 and a light at the Agha Khan University hospital on Limuru Road. On Muranga Road take any Matatu going via Thika Superhighway such as 100, 29/30, 44, 45, 17B and alight at the Pangani Interchange.
The public is open Monday to Sunday and entry is free. You can find more at http://friendsofcitypark.org