Machakos Peoples ParkMachakos
Spend a weekend out of the city, in a beautiful recreational spot.
Serenity near the Capital City
Green spaces in Nairobi often go unnoticed. For example, Uhuru Park, with its proximity to the city centre, its serenity and the beautiful backdrop of Nairobi’s skyscrapers attracts hundreds of leisure seekers when city dwellers cannot afford bus fare to the countryside during Easter or Christmas holidays.
On the other hand, Machakos Peoples Park, debuted in 2014 as the County Government’s gift to the people of Machakos County, has drawn thousands of city dwellers to its lush green lawns. The park’s construction was the first major project undertaken by a governor, just a year after the election of county governments. Naysayers thought the governor was biting more than he could chew but when they saw the wonderful work about sh20m produced, jaws dropped.
Machakos County is dry most time of the year, and the park sits on a dry stretch adjacent to a dam. Construction of the park turned the unsightly terrain into a beautiful park with water fountains, trees and flowers. Machakos Peoples Park is a recreational spot that also generates revenue for the county. Entry is free, but there are nominal fees for enjoying some of the park’s facilities such as the children’s play facilities.
The 40-acre property has landscaped lawns, walkways, play area for children, restaurants and an arena that hosts concerts and other social events. The adjacent Maruba Dam creates a surreal sundowner spot. MV Machakos offers boat tours over this dam.
Machakos Park Activities
This recreational ground hosts concerts regularly. The amphitheatre fills to capacity every time mostly drawing crowds from the city. For example, rugby fans came to this park in droves for the Masaku Sevens Tournament, which became a trendsetter for other rugby matches around the country.
At night, floodlights illuminate the park resplendently.