I resigned in September this year from the position of Chair of the Friends of City Park, and I want to take a moment to say how grateful I am for your support in our efforts to save City Park.
As I look back over two decades on the committee I founded in 1996, I celebrate the individuals and institutions that took action within their unique ability, or mandate, to ensure we save a precious green space in the heart of Nairobi.
Here are a few things you helped us achieve despite some incredible challenges:
- The all too many times we successfully acted against the conversion of parts of this public park for private developments.
- The gazette of the park as a National Monument by the National Museums (Legal Notice No. 130, Sept 2009).
- The subsequent gazette in 2016 of the City Park maze (Mtego wa Panya), also by the National Museums.
- The revocation by the National Land Commission of 14 parcels of City Park land, which they deemed illegal or irregularly issued (Gazette notice No. 5021, on 18 July 2014).
- The participation of the public as supporters and stakeholders.
- The activities we undertook, like the pollinator garden, nature walks, clean-ups and website.
- The development of various plans including the draft proposal for the park’s rehabilitation and future management.
I am so pleased to be able to say today that the park of 60+ha that in 1932 was set aside “for the recreation of the town’s future citizens”, continues to serve our busy, bustling capital city of 4-5 million people, and that I had a small part to play in its endurance. Please know that you too have played a part.
Thank you, for your support in helping to ensure that City Park will continue to be a place of historical significance, thriving biodiversity and a beautiful (and functional) place for public recreation and leisure.
Once again, thank you for supporting the Friends — I so appreciate you.
Best wishes, and a very Merry Christmas!