About the park
In City Park, you can walk through landscaped gardens or groves of indigenous forest. You may see monkeys, birds and butterflies. There's a place to eat, a place to buy plants, and plenty of open space in which to play or rest. And it's just a few minutes from the bustling centre of the city.
Part of City Park was landscaped with lawns, flower borders, and ornamental trees, and the stream was canalized between concrete banks. However, some of the land remained as remnants of the forest, sheltering a diversity of plants and animals. City Park features lawns and benches picnics, walking paths, frames for swings a bandstand for concerts. On weekdays one can buy-or rent!-plants grown by staff, or visit the Boscawen Collection of rare and unusual plants. A small tea kiosk and open-air restaurant provide food and beverages. People from all walks of life fill the Park on weekends and school holidays, organised school groups, athletes and tourists visit during the week.
The Parklands area of Nairobi takes its name from City Park, located between Limuru Road and Forest Road. The main entrance is across from the Aga Khan Hospital on Limuru Road, next to the Hawkers' Market.
Other 'green' spaces in Nairobi
Forest once covered the land that is now Nairobi. As the city was built, the forest was cut, but small patches were preserved.