NAIROBI, KENYA: The Kenya Forest Service has kicked off the process of upgrading the KFS sports ground in Karura, Nairobi.
The project is expected to take six months and cost Sh5 million.
On Thursday, the Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) Julius Kamau led the Kenya Forest Service Senior Management team in a groundbreaking ceremony for the rehabilitation of the sports ground.
While commissioning the groundbreaking, the CCF noted that the upgrading of the field would provide a premier sports ground for the KFS sporting teams (football and volleyball), staff recreational activities, and the neighbouring communities.
The rehabilitation process will involve ground levelling of the pitch to a standard football field, installation of automated underground irrigation systems, installation of water storage tanks, drainage system, soil enrichment, upgrading of a 400 meters running track, and grass recarpeting.
CCF Kamau also appreciated the long-standing cordial partnership between KFS and FKF CFA in the conservation and protection of the Karura forest. He also welcomed the partnership with Davis & Shirtliff and interested them in adopting degraded forest areas for restoration as part of their CSR. Kamau also said the model would be replicated on other KFS grounds countrywide to the benefit KFS staff and members of the public.
The rehabilitation of the sports ground is in partnership with the Friends of Karura Forest Community Forest Association, Davis and Shirtliff Company, and Asepsis Limited (a sports facility gardening company)