NAIROBI, Kenya- The Nairobi City Park is set for renovation after the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) commissioned an immediate and overdue face lift.
The only ‘standard’ hockey pitch in the country has been an embarrassment to both local and international players with things such as poor drainage leading to flooding of the facility during rainy seasons.
KHU boss Nashon Randiek has confirmed that the renovation would cost approximately KSh 25 million.
Speaking to SportPesa News, Randiek revealed that the international hockey governing body Fédération Internationale de Hockey (FIH) and Africa Hockey Federation (AHF) have handed the renovation contract to Greenfields and Naema Construction and Engineering Limited.
“We are currently in talks with the government stakeholders and potential sponsors to come on board and help us with this magnificent project. They estimated that it will take almost a year to raise the funds before the project kicks off,” Randiek stated.
“Why Greenfields? This company works in collaboration with FIH and Africa Hockey and so this is a deal which was recommended to us because this is one of their appointed companies. They are also going to provide a guarantee,” added the retired military general.
The astro turf currently at City Park was sourced from Netherlands and laid in 1997. It has since worn out hence the need for the upgrade. The new turf to be laid will have a polyethylene surface.
Randiek notes that the concrete sub base at the stadium has affected the drainage due to the non-permeable shock pad. The face-lift will also seek to re-examine the drainage channels, a majority of which have been blocked.