Arboretum paves paths, hikes prices

New park, higher cost
Construction is underway

The Nairobi Arboretum is getting a facelift. As 2021 got underway, increased entry fees and a newly paved path greeted visitors.

For years, a cool 50KSH was all it took to gain access to this leafy sanctuary along State House Road. 

Posted memo about entry-fee increase

At the end of last year, stacks of bricks began appearing along the park’s shady paths. Their purpose was unclear, but a 7KSH jump in the adult entry fee was a sign of things to come. 

By February, crews of workers could be seen creating a paved path that now winds its way around the park’s perimeter, linking the smaller pedestrian access point on Kileleshwa Ring Road to the main gate on Arboretum Drive. 

Entry prices jumped again, this time to 65KSH. Staff told ThisNairobi that the price-hike was due to changes in value-added tax regulations and was not linked to funding the path-paving project.

Cycling, which is currently banned in the park, is expected to make a come-back, with the brick-paved path serving as a smooth pedalling surface.

So what do you think? Is the new path a much-needed infrastructure improvement, or a cold, grey blight on one of the city’s few patches of otherwise green natural beauty?

The Arboretum’s opening hours are 6 am-6 pm, 365 days a year. Entry fees: 65 for adults, 27 for children

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