On 24th February 2014, the Nairobi City County in partnership with the UN-HABITAT, UNEP and Friends of Jeevanjee Garden launched the phase I for the rehabilitation of the Jeevanjee Gardens. The project is part of the City County’s Recreational Spaces and Parks Rehabilitation program initiated in 2011 and whose aim was to improve the standards of public spaces in the county. Overall, the program targets to rehabilitate a total of 100 public spaces (open spaces and plazas) within the city centre and neighborhoods. By the end of the program, the county intends to have a strategy in place for developing and managing safer and quality public spaces in Nairobi, while linking into the implementation of the Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN) and ensuring effective service delivery.
The launch was held in the Jeevanjee Garden located on Muindi Mbingu Street in the Central Business District. Gracing the occasion was H.E. Dr. Evans Kidero, the Governor Nairobi City County, Dr. Joan, Executive Director UN-HABITAT, UNEP representative, Friends of Jeevanjee led by the Secretary Zarina Patel (Jevanjee’s granddaughter), County Executives, Members of the County Assembly and residents of the city. Occupying a total of 5 acres, the garden offers calm ambience to its users who frequent the park all day long. The recreational garden was donated to the residents of Nairobi by Alibhai Mullah Jeevanjee in the year 1906. Like most parks in the city, Jeevanjee garden has had its share of grabbing threats mainly from the private developers. The intentions were however unsuccessful owing to the strong oppositions from the Friends of Jeevanjee.