Hey Everyone, hope that you all had a good month. Been a very beautiful month I might add especially with the amazing cloud cover display the sky has had to offer, well at least till the week started. As you may have noticed am a bit of a nature junkie and how it blends with modern architecture. My feature today is on the Green public Spots found within the Central Business district of Nairobi. My focus will be on two particular places that I have found to be the most beautiful places in the city. The Jeevanjee Gardens and the August 7th Memorial Park. These tow places have diverse forms of nature within their little allocated space that portrays their elegance even more.
Opened by Alibhai Mulla Jeevanjee, The Jeevanjee Gardens was a ‘gift’ to the people of Nairobi as it was donated to the poor people as a resting place for them therefore making it directly owned by the people of Nairobi. The park has a diverse array of flora that makes it even more beautiful and even more pleasant to stay there and relax. The concrete and metallic benches provided are very well spaced and are just enough to ensure that the natural aspect is the main feature.
The location of the Jeevanjee Gardens is very suitable to serve as a resting point as it is found at the northern western side of the city. Accessed by two major streets which are Moi Avenue and Muindi Mbingu Street. It is very open to anyone who wishes to just pass by or sit down and unwind. The park provides makes a very vivid ‘Green’ mark on the city as it within the city’s busy streets giving a little change in scenery from the skyscrapers that are most notable in the city.
The park has recently gone through a major face lift that has seen the introduction of more pronounced walkways to the various statues that have been erected inside the park and also to the main entrances which are also being constructed to build a better gate. It is a drastic change in how the park used to be before but as it is getting completed, it actually gives the park a new neater look. This park is a really beautiful place that was carefully planned out and provides a relaxation mood with the immense beauty provided by the flora of that place.
On August 7th 1998, Nairobi was rocked by a terrorist attack that targeted the U.S. Embassy in the city. Over 200 people died and scores were injured. In honor of those who lost their lives and also those who lost their loved ones, the United States Government and the Government of Kenya donated the piece of land where the embassy once stood to the August 7th Memorial Trust who later on renovated the place to the now known August 7th Memorial Park. This small park is a quiet peaceful and tranquil place that just gives out richly the mood of relaxation to anyone inside it. The park has a beautiful design that incorporates a little of concrete work blended with a rich well maintained natural setting.
The main feature of the park is the monument where all the names of the people who passed on during that fateful day have been listed down to be remembered by those who visit the park. A beautifully designed marble stone monument that is well maintained in honor to those that died. Also found in the park is a beautifully crafted small water fountain that gives out the presence of a cool flow of life within the area. Adding to the relaxing ambiance in the park.
The park provides a good setting for those who would wish to take time from the busy Nairobi streets and enjoy the natural environment created in such a small parcel. Also tented up and permanently built patios have been put up where people can hold meetings and small group discussions. It is a very beautiful place with a beautiful array of natures elements so elegantly put together.
As few as they are these two spots are really good places to unwind from the streets of the city and enjoy the nature. I do advise on visiting these places, Jeevanjee which is a free entry park and the Memorial Park which with a small fee of KES 20/- you will gain access to it. Do have a good week everyone. Peace.