The Nairobi City County Government and UN-Habitat released the Nairobi City County Public Space Inventory and Assessment Report revealing the status of the city’s public spaces.

The report shows that only 19.8 per cent of the 826 public open spaces in Nairobi have inclusive infrastructure. Despite the fact that over 47 per cent of Nairobians meet their daily commute needs by walking, only 75 of the 826 public open spaces have dedicated walkways connected to them.

The report highlights the gaps in the distribution, accessibility and quality of public open spaces in Nairobi, and provides a starting point to develop an evidence-based strategy and policy for the protection, revitalization, creation, enjoyment, and restoration of the city’s image as the ‘Green City in the Sun’.

Public spaces in Nairobi largely remain under-protected, underdeveloped and inaccessible especially by people with disabilities, women and children. A mere 46 of the 826 public spaces are in the 130 informal settlements where over sixty per cent of Nairobians live. Just under half of all public spaces are too noisy or dirty from uncollected garbage to be places of serenity.

With the amount of urban land used and experienced as public spaces currently standing at 3,106 Ha, the report has called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services, Nairobi City County Government in collaboration with other national government agencies to urgently initiate an in-depth audit of all lands in the city county to establish the ownership of public spaces.