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Biodiversity

In line with the International day of biodiversity celebrations, the Friends of City Park organized a biodiversity survey presentation on 6 May 2010, at the National museums of Kenya. The aim was to share with other friends the out come of the survey work carried out in June 2009 to February 2010.

Friends turned up in amazing numbers all looking forward to the outcome and get an understanding of City Park’s biodiversity and above all be part of the celebrations. The day was a success with the results realizing a total number of 988 species that have been identified so far. This includes plants, insects, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Considering City Park’s small size, and it’s location within an urban setting, facing all manner of pressure, Nairobi City Park is rich in biodiversity, hence the Friends tireless efforts to conserve it.

We welcome you to join the Friends and help us in the conservation of this unique natural habitat for swallow tails, lizards, Sykes and birds. And together CELEBRATE CITY PARK’S BIODIVERSITY.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

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Litter Clean-up

2010 is a year full of promising initiatives for the Friends of City Park. One of our targets is a garbage free park . The friends have started quarterly litter clean up exercises in the park. The first one ever organized by the FoCP was done this February.

Litter clean-up

Litter clean-up

The friends turned up in time for the exercise. We were joined by students from Premier Academy, Green valley school from Tigoni and Gichuru high school from Ngecha. They volunteered there time to undertake the exercise despite having come to the park on a different activity.

They lend a hand

They lend a hand

Thanks to the patrons and students of the three schools, for their understanding that City Park is like a community in which we belong hence respecting it.

Before

Before

After

After

We collected 12 bags of garbage about 200kgs.

The counting continued...

The counting continued...

We welcome you to join the friends, there is a lot that needs to  be done in this park, your contribution, involvement or ideas are highly appreciated.

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The bold step

It was a cold wet morning, raining all night and part of the morning. I arrived at Nairobi City Park at 8.35am and I was being optimistic that some friends will show up for the nature walk. Amazingly the air was clean and fresh though the clouds were still grey and drizzling.

20 minutes later more friends who braved the rain and cold on this Saturday morning joined me. No birds were heard at this time, no butterflies in sight either. I could see some black kites patched up a tree all drenched.

There was a quorum for our walk to start, its great how things change. Within a short time, the grey clouds cleared giving way to a clear sky. The sun was finally freed and there we spotted an African palm swift, speckled moosebird, streaky seed eater among many others. We spotted about 20 different bird species on this morning and several butterflies in City Park.

The interesting part is that we got to learn hilarious jokes associated with naming of plant species; it went like…. Oh! You want to know, keep reading our blogs and join our walk on 6th February 2010 at Nairobi City Park.

We welcome your comments, views and suggestions. For information on how to join FoCP, contact us on [email protected]

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More friends for the Park

We ( Friends of City Park- FoCP) wish to welcome City Park’s new furry friends Otto, Yomann and Coco; the three had an opportunity to enjoy the December 2009 Nature walk with us, and can surely tell how magnificent this park is.

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Coco (held in the arms)

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Otto and Yomann (In the background)

You too can be a part of this. Become a friend today; for more information on how to join, your views, comments or queries, please contact us on: [email protected].

We will be glad to read from you. Please share City Park information with as many people as you can. We rely on your help to make all aware that the Park still exists.

Nature Walk

5th December 2009 was the day for the Nature walk at Nairobi City Park. After the previous evening rain, the sky was clear and the bright sun casting its rays upon the ground. Whatever it was, the day just felt alive.

Despite the low turnout since most friends had began their holidays, we had a good time, learning about interesting facts on trees and other plants, even spotted migrant birds, and generally enjoying the morning walk.

Some brain teasers…..

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Why is this so………

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And alot more.

Age however was not a limiting factor; the children too participated and had there share of fun and partially got lost in the hedge maze ( Mtego wa panya)

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By the end of the 2 ¾ hours walk believe me it was all smiles.

If you are in Nairobi on 9th January 2010 and would like to join the friends for a walk ( From 9am- Noon), please get in touch with us on [email protected].

After the experience you will find no reason of not joining FoCP as a friend.

Fun time.

You will hear their innocent shrieks of laughter, echoing in the background. Their feet “tapatapa” on the hard surface. Its fun, it’s exciting its play time at the park. The noise, the charter the fun all combined. They take turns to swing on what is left, the only play item in the play ground, however this does not deter them from enjoying

This is the state of Nairobi City Park children’s play ground, not much but they have learned the spirit of sharing. The once triple swing that adorned the play area, only one is intact, with a sack to sit on. Its uncomfortable, I tried it, but they ignore the discomfort as long as they have there share of fun. The parents/ guardians will stand aside or sit on the hard ground and watch them as they play.

They have devised there own form of nature fun. The old climbers (Lianas) and creepers too can be used. They run around for hours, moving from climber to climber. “Tarzan” in the making? It beats me.

We can change all this, together we can upgrade this space just for them, the childhood is so short, let’s help them enjoy every moment of it. Friends of City Park need your help to bring this space into a form that the children will appreciate more, that is safe for them and environment friendly.

I envision an area where the children can play freely, there parents/guardians watch them in comfort or involve there participation, an area for story telling, a park within a park just for our children.

Friends of City Park is a project of Nature Kenya, and consists of a group of volunteers whose main objective is to conserve Nairobi City Park for perpetuity.

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We need your support and contributions in this initiative.

Oh no, City Park not a waste Park!

A recent visit to Nairobi City Park revealed that people are dumping wastes of all kind in the park.. This can be attributed to inadequate waste bins and lack of proper waste management. If no proper and urgent interventions are taken, then City Park will be a litter Park and that would scare away people who would love to visit and have a nice time in the park. It will also choke growing vegetation and end up affecting the ecological systems of the park.

Waste dumped in one of the areas inside the Park

Do you know of any cost effective solution that can be put in place to check this environmental polution?

Please share with us your experiences. You can also help us by donating to buy litter bins for this unique park as a short term intervention. A healthy environment also means a healthy people.

Contact Friends of City Park at [email protected]

A weekend Day Out in City Park

This was one of my free days and it happens to be Saturday the 17th October. I look around the house and there is nothing much to do in the afternoon. So I request my family to accompany me to City Park- a real nice cool place to be.

As we were having a walk across the open area, you can just imagine one of the guys to welcome my family was none else but a group of Sykes! The children are exited. The kids run towards them. You could imagine the scene as it was unfolding in front of my wife and me. A game between the kids and the Sykes was on. Kids running after the Sykes and the Sykes doing the same. The communication between the two parties none could comprehend but maybe the two parties. When the kids were tired, we went and sat on one of the benches and do you know our companions-the Sykes! They just sat on top of our benches where they could share some goodies with the kids. It was a perfect harmony between human and nature. On this day there was a good number of visitors in the park and believe it the park’s entry is absolutely free.

The place is marvellous with people of different cultural grounds meeting and talking at each other as if they knew each other a long time ago.

City Park is one of the places where I would recommend for families to visit, relax and have story telling sessions that fits perfectly with most of stories that describes forests and animals in harmony with humans.

As a recreation space what I find missing are children swings and slides that the kids could use when tired of playing around. May be, you who is out there and had a chance to read this can help in contributing to buy these kids facilities.

Your contribution for City Park improvement ensures the perpetuity of the park for generation to come

Friends Nature Walk

The day is 10th October 2009. The Friends of Nairobi City Park had scheduled a guided nature walk in City Park. By 9.30 a.m, 32 people had assembled in the designated meeting point. The skies were clear and the day temparatures were just right for the walk not forgetting that during the previous night there was a heavy rain downpour.

The birds we saw were quite a number despite the dry weather that Nairobi had been experiencing lately. Among the birds sighted were the Narina Trogon- a rare bird to see, Hadada Ibis, Silverly-cheeked Hornbill, Black-backed Puffback, Grey-backed Cameroptera, Dark-capped Yellow Warbler and the most common bird of prey the Black Kite.

As we walked along, we came across various biodiversity whose significance were explained by the naturalists present.

Well, even kids too had fun of another kind!

We shall keep you posted on other events that are comming up.

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