According to a survey conducted by the Non-Communicable Diseases Information and Control Centre NICC titled, Availability and Quality of Parks in Kampala, some of the 24 parks and open spaces audited in the five divisions, may not exist in the near future due to rapid urban development.
According to a survey conducted by the Non-Communicable Diseases Information and Control Centre (NICC) titled, "Availability and Quality of Parks in Kampala", some of the 24 parks and open spaces audited in the five divisions, may not exist in the near future due to rapid urban development.
Ten parks are public; nine are private, four government school parks and one private school park. Some of the public parks including Centenary Park gardens; Equatorial Gardens opposite Watoto Church on Bombo road; Katwe Queen's Way park; Kamwokya Ground; Pan African Park; Kanyanya Express Field and Makerere Children's park.
Two public parks, Kololo Airstrip and Constitutional Square were not included in the survey due to security cordon which limits public access, especially to the low income earners and those living in slums.
David Ouma Balikoowa, the principal researcher, explains that even with the public parks in place, they are not adequate in comparison with the growing population in Kampala, which currently stands at three million people.
Some of the public parks named as those under threat of encroachment are Centenary Park and Katwe Park.
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In Kampala yesterday, the Centre also released another survey report on mapping informal places for active recreation in 10 Kampala slums including Kisenyi 1, Kansanga, Wabigalo, Naguru and Butabika, also identified 34 informal open spaces not officially gazetted by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), to create recreational areas for children in slums.
The findings also point to the need for legislation to protect the public spaces from encroachment.
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The study was conducted between 2014 and 2015, with the aim of assessing recreational areas where children, women and adults can engage in physical activities to improve their health, social interactions and community programmes.
However, Bernadette Sanyu, manager of landscaping at KCCA tasked the Centre to outline the health benefits in creating the parks for recreational activities.
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