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Kidero hires New York firm to train officers on landscapping

Up to 60 open spaces in the county have been earmarked for beautification in an effort to give Nairobi a world class image.

Governor Evans Kidero said his government was keen to rehabilitate the areas that have been neglected.

On the project list are parks, bus termini as well as idle county land in estates.

“The county assisted by the UN-Habitat has been able to secure the services of Project for Public Spaces, a New York-based firm,” said Dr Kidero.

The firm, he explained on his Facebook page had been training county officers on landscaping.

Landscaping

“The objective of the initiative is to reclaim all the open spaces within the city with a view of improving their aesthetic value,” he stated.

Kibera’s Silanga Sports Field and city centre’s Jeevanjee Gardens have already been selected as pilot sites.

At completion, residents will be able to enjoy free Internet at Jeevanjee as well as improved toilets and manicured lawns. A cafeteria will also be built.

According to deputy governor Jonathan Mueke, Sh10 million has been set aside for the park spruce up scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. 

Standing on feet

Some of the parks that have recently been rehabilitated include City Park and Kamkunji Ground famous for its role in the 1992 multi-party politics.

It has seen a complete turn around into a beautiful recreational ground. 

Lush green grass has replaced the dusty ground and while meetings were held with people standing on their feet, today visitors can sit on any of the mounted seats. 

The project was started by the defunct Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan in collaboration with the then Nairobi City Council at a cost of Sh29 million.

Dr Kidero’s administration took up the project and built public toilets, bathrooms and shops. 

They also introduced dustbins and  footpaths. The park is also supplied with clean water and trees have been planted.