The restoration of Forodhani Park is part of a comprehensive programme for seafront rehabilitation in Stone Town. Intended to be a logical extension of Kelele Square previously completed by AKTC, the restoration was undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in cooperation with the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar.
The objective of the project was to restore and secure the city’s major urban open space while improving the quality of civic life for Zanzibaris. The project components included:
- Restoration of the walkways, infrastructure and landscape of the Park;
- Improvement of infrastructure, including lighting, sewerage and drainage;
- Upgrading of civic amenities;
- Restoration of the seawall in front of the Park;
- Stimulation of economic activities and small enterprise, with improvements for vendors; and,
- Promotion of related socio-economic development.
The impact of the Park restoration has been:
- Creation of 200 new jobs in the construction phase;
- Stimulation of the local economy through Park reconstruction costs of approximately US$2.4 million;
- Generation of employment opportunities in the informal sector; and,
- Creation of a more attractive environment for Zanzibaris and visitors.