Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Mathai Honoured as Nyeri County Sets Up Heroes Corner
Nyeri government is seeking Sh40 million to complete the construction of its major public park in a bold effort to honour county heroes.
The project on a seven-hectare piece of land located in the heart of the populous town has already seen the erection of a Sh2 million bronze statue of the late Nobel Prize winner Wangari Mathai. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Tourism Executive Diana Kendi said that apart from providing social amenities, the park will educate visitors more about the county culture especially to visitors and the younger people.
“In an info-entertaining way, residents will get to learn about their heroes and culture through art displayed in the park,” she said.
Also developed in the park, is a cultural centre with a capacity of 500 people which will be used to nurture talents in the community.
Initially, the land was set aside for the construction of a cultural centre but was later transformed to add a public park. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. “We realized that there was no land in the county put aside for social services. We hope this provides a new amenity that should have been in place before,” said Ms Kendi.
The department has also completed building public toilets that will serve people with disabilities.
Through phase two of the project, the county intends to fence off the land and construct an amphitheater which will be used by artists to perform.
It will also build an additional parking area for visitors and outdoor social halls that will be used to hold public meetings.
In its proposal, it intends to put up open-air seating areas, children play areas and a water pan for irrigation. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
“The public park will be established on four-hectares of the piece of land and will largely focus on conserving the environment,” she said.
With the new budgetary allocation, Ms Kendi says that she hopes that the park will be complete by the end of the year.
Other public parks in the county are Whispers and Uhuru parks.