Uhuru Park has seen not just the ânormalâ but even the bizarre. In August 1996, the late Cardinal Maurice Michael Otunga led a group of Catholic faithful in a public burning of heaps of condoms within the park. Again, the move elicited various reactions with some castigating the cleric for what they saw as attempts to desecrate the park.
In June 2010, at the height of the campaigns to either ratify or reject the current Constitution, a device exploded within the park killing six people and injuring over 100.
However, Nairobi families know the park as the tranquil and serene place to unwind, perhaps listening to the many sermons conducted almost on a daily basis.
During weekends and public holidays, the park becomes a hive of activities. Hundreds of city residents flock to the venue either to just laze around or indulge in the recreational amenities around the park.
The picturesque artificial lake has been the setting of many a romantic ride. Uhuru Park, too, is Nairobiâs leading street skate-boarding spot.
In recent years, foreign tourists have used the elevated platform on the upper edge to take memorabilia photos of the city.