Uhuru Park, Nairobi
The Uhuru Park is the most popular recreational park in Nairobi, is a rich tapestry of strife and celebration in Kenya. The sight of soldiers resplendent in colorful uniforms and marching to music beautifully performed by a military band, is as common as the violent disruption of political protests in this Park. This was the scene of protests lead by Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai against a planned construction on the Park of a 62-story headquarters for former President Moi’s ruling political party KANU in 1989. It is home to the freedom corner where Wangari Maathai in 1991 led a group of women in demanding the release of their sons detained by the former President Moi’s regime for political reasons. This is also where Archbishop Maurice Otunga led a group of Catholics in burning a heap of condoms in 1996. But mostly, it is the main assembly point for celebrating national holidays, for political rallies during election periods, and for prayer meetings by various religious organizations.
Boat riding on the artificial lake in the Park is another popular pastime. Several foot bridges adorn the Park, as they provide eye-catching links to an artificial island in the Lake.
For Picnic lovers, Uhuru Park provides the ideal setting, with the option of buying snacks from food vendors dotting various corners of the Park’s walkways.
The Park also features some monuments, with the most prominent one built during former President Moi’s rule, a fountain celebrating his regime’s mantra of love, peace and unity. And if you would like to take home with you memories of your visit to the Park, you’ll find a swarm of professional photographers ready to provide you with this service.
The Park Entry is free, charges for boat rides, and for the use of toilet facilities in the Park.
There is Smokers Corner at the park as well.
Uhuru Park is a green reserve park amidst vast high-rise development in the heart of Nairobi-Kenya. It boarders: Ngong road (North) Haillesellasie Avenue (South) Uhuru Highway (East) and Nyerere road (West).
We came here on a Sunday for a short walk in the beautiful gardens.
This monument dominates whole Uhuru Park, situated right in the centre of it. It is of huge proportions with kinda coat of arms on each of its sides which probably symbolized what are characteristics for the country of Kenya.
Uhuru Park is situated right next to the city area, dividing it somehow from the residential area of Nairobi. It is huge park with small lake and the big monument in its central part. The area of the park is favourite spot for the locals, both employed and unemployed, who rest here during the lunck break.
Uhuru Park is the centrepiece of Nairobi and sits on the edge of Nairobi's CBD. It contains an artificial lake and an assembly ground used for occasional political and religious gatherings.