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Park in danger from lack of water


Africa Park, an enclosed vast space between Hilton, the Jubilee Palace and the old Gebbi, is one of Addis attractions.

But recently the plants in the park have been a bit dry from lack of water. 

Economy, an Amharic business weekly, reported this morning that the water service was turned off because of failure to pay water bill on the part of Addis Park, a group that run the park and owned by sheik Mahammed Al Amudi.

The newspaper quoted an official from the Addis Ababa Water and Sewerages Authority who said despite repeated notification, the Park hasn’t paid its water bill for the last eight months, which now total about 520,000 birr. Thus, it was decided to discontinue the service.

The authorities say the Park will have to pay the amount in order to have the water turned back on.IMG_5547

The park was first erected in 1963 in the occasion the formation of the Organization of the African Unity. And was a place where around 30 African heads of state planted trees as a memory of the historic event.

Since its establishment it has been under the Addis Ababa City Administration but six years ago it was handed over to the business tycoon Al Almudi who promised to renovate with 30 million birr for a better and improved service.

Lots of renovation and transformation has been done but it has not been opened for the public yet. Worse, the latest report is a cause for concern.

Categories: City Journal
  1. ETENU
    May 10, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    So sad, our parks and recreation services should be financed by income tax collected by our government. Hello, City Hall,( MAZEGAJA BET) Please keep Addis Ababa beautiful.

  2. Sisay
    May 12, 2009 at 7:55 am

    So asazagn!
    Let’s pray the rainy seasom come soon!

  3. Eyita
    May 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    This place too beautiful to be neglected.
    Please, please.Don’t ruin it.

  4. Alemseged
    May 12, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    This is a park in Addis! I am surpirsed by the calmness around it.
    It just doesn’t fit to my image of overcrowded and noisy city.

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