The Michuki Memorial Conservation Park, formerly known as Mazingira Park, is located along the Nairobi River from the Globe Roundabout to Museum Bridge and covers an area of approximately 10.4 hectares. It was named after the late Environment Minister, Hon John Michuki (1932-2012) and established in 2008 through concerted efforts geared towards creating a public recreation area at a site previously used as a dumpsite, with an awful stench, and a criminal hideout, known for muggings and murders. The Nairobi River was choking with solid waste.
The late Michuki who vowed to reclaim the river and make its water clean enough to be used by those who lived alongside it embarked on a massive clean-up exercise which brought 17 ministries together with other stake stakeholders. As a result of the rehabilitation program, a total of 20,000 tons of solid waste was removed and a major clean-up of the entire city was also carried out.
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