Following the handover of City Park to Kenya Forest Service from the Nairobi City County Government, a task-force comprising of representatives from KFS, NEMA, NMK, KEFRI, NMS, NCCG and Friends of City Park was constituted to develop a restoration plan for the Park. Ms Charity Munyasya, KFS’ Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests, chairs the Committee. FoCP was requested to guide the task-force in merging the proposed rehabilitation activities into a comprehensive plan.
Years of stakeholder engagement and strategic partnerships has seen the Friends develop several background documents, management frameworks and plans based in an effort to encourage inclusive and holistic conservation, key among these being a Strategic Framework and Action Plan for the Rehabilitation of City Park (2017) and a Concept Master-plan (2018). These documents have proved useful to the task-force’s discussions and development of remedial activities and budgets.
The workshop, held on 29th June 2020, deliberated on proposed rehabilitation activities, timelines and budgets and was aimed at helping the task-force develop a comprehensive plan that can form the basis of a Master-plan for the long-term rehabilitation of the Park.
Ms Njeri Cerere, co-founder of Naipolitans and a Friends of City Park Board member, led the workshop. The members present were divided into three groups focused on different thematic areas related to the restoration of City Park.
-by Karimi Kimathi & Benard Koros