On 29 November 2012, Kenya’s Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Raila Odinga, joined His Highness the Aga Khan at the signing of an agreement to rehabilitate Nairobi City Park. The 60-hectare park, which has suffered over time from encroachment, pollution and other threats, will be rehabilitated over a period of several years. It will include a new restaurant, educational facilities, a botanical garden, an exhibition ground, an open air theatre and sports facilities.
The works will also improve the site’s amenities and public safety, as well as provide the necessary infrastructure to maintain the natural and cultural heritage of the park. With 10 park and garden projects now in its portfolio, AKTC has demonstrated that even in the most challenging contexts, parks can have a positive impact on a city if they are restored and maintained. In several locations, AKTC has demonstrated that, under the right conditions, parks and gardens can also be economic generators that drive – directly and indirectly – a broad advance of positive change.