Uhuru Park

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Aerial view of Uhuru Park.

Uhuru Park is a 12.9 hectare recreational park adjacent to the central business district of Nairobi, Kenya. It was opened to the general public by the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta on 23 May 1969. It contains an artificial lake, several national monuments, and an assembly ground which has become a popular skateboarding spot on weekends and also a location for local skateboarding competitions (best trick contest 2017), catering to Nairobi's growing skate scene.[1]

Apart from skateboarding, the assembly ground is used for occasional political and religious gatherings. It is infamous as the site where protest against illegal land grabbing was violently broken up by the Moi regime. In 2021, the park came under scrutiny for an attempted renovation which included removing old trees. A national court halted the project, due to environmental concerns.[2][3][4]


In 1989, Wangari Maathai and many of her followers held a protest at the park, attempting to stop the construction of the 60-storey Kenya Times Media Trust business complex. She was forced by the government to vacate her office and was vilified in parliament, but her protests and the government's response led foreign investors to cancel the project.[5][6]

In August 1996, a group led by a Catholic cardinal and Archbishop Maurice Michael Otunga burned a heap of condoms in Uhuru Park.[7]

Uhuru Park was the scene of a bomb blast in June 2010, which killed six people and left over 100 people injured. The attack targeted a "NO" campaign rally for the forthcoming constitutional referendum.[8]



  1. ^ "Hands off Uhuru Park – The green heart and Kenyan city jewel | The Green Belt Movement". www.greenbeltmovement.org. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  2. ^ December 08 2021, Wednesday (2021-12-07). "Court stops Uhuru Park renovation after outcry". Business Daily. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  3. ^ Muthoni, Kamau. "Court suspends NMS Uhuru Park renovations, case to be heard in 2022". The Standard. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  4. ^ Wangui, Joseph (2021-12-09). "Kenya: Court Stops NMS From Cutting Trees at Uhuru Park". allAfrica.com. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  5. ^ The Ecologist (2001). The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  6. ^ Wangari Maathai (2006). Unbowed: a memoir. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. pp. 184–205. ISBN 0307263487.
  7. ^ International Freedom of Expression Exchange
  8. ^ Afrique en ligne, June 14, 2010: Kenya: Death toll from Kenya bomb attacks rises

Coordinates: 1°17′25″S 36°49′02″E / 1.29028°S 36.81722°E / -1.29028; 36.81722