Friends of City Park
Generations of Nairobi people have enjoyed City Park's peace and beauty over the years. Today, however, City Park needs our help. Cutting of trees, dumping of rubbish and other pressures of the growing city are degrading the park. Friends of City Park, was formed to bring together the people who enjoyed City Park and want to keep it for other generations. The Friends work with the City Council to protect, maintain, upgrade and enhance the Park's amenities.
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 Sykes' monkeys are the most prominent of the Park's wildlife. These monkeys are dark grey in colour with a thick collar of white fur, and have a long tail. They feed on wild fruits and leaves in the forest but also beg for fruits and nuts from visitors! Sykes' monkeys are friendly and gentle and seldom bite. Baboons and Vervet monkeys (which are light grey in colour, with a black face) can also be seen in City Park. They should not be fed, because they can bite! Small forest antelopes may survive in the thickest thickets. City Park is the best place in Nairobi to see butterflies. The caterpillars feed on the forest trees and the colourful adult butterflies sip nectar in the flower gardens. On a sunny day the air alive with fluttering butterflies. Over a hundred different kinds of birds have been seen in City Park. Among them are Hadada Ibis, big birds with long curved beaks; bright yellow and black weaver birds that nest in the acacias along the entrance drive; and large black and white hornbills with heavy beaks.
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.