The Fort built by the Portuguese in 1596 was declared a World Heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2011 and highlighted as one of the outstanding and well-preserved examples of 16th century Portuguese military fortifications.
Fort Jesus provides a fantastic history of the wars that took place between the British, Portuguese and the Omani Arabs, for control of the Kenyan coast.
The modern waterfront recreational space, will add to the appeal of Mombasa as a world famous tourist resort and is located near the Old Town, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
The NMK Director General Mzalendo Kibunjia, said the effort to build the seafront park took place immediately after the completion of a Sh497 million structurally sound seawall at the landmark Fort.
He said the concrete seawall designed to protect the Fort from coastal erosion and the State-of- the-Art recreational park is’ hoped to breathe new life into the ornate historical buildings’.
“The Park will be a place for leisure, resting, walking, outdoor cultural festivals and beach footballs,” he said.
“The Park will be playing host to local festivals and showcase Mombasa’s rich cultural heritage.”
Kibunjia added that the scenic beachfront public park, will greatly enhance the appeal of Fort Jesus, as a world heritage site.
He said the outdoor space features a walkway, benches, a shaded structure and a bit of open space that will allow residents and visitors, to take a break and enjoy sea breeze of fresh air and relieve their souls.
NMK Boss said the Park will be the centre of attraction to both the domestic and foreign visitors coming to marvel at the historic Fort Jesus.
Kibunjia said the waterfront park is designed to provide a variety of public spaces for recreation and opportunities for the public to enjoy the waterfront location and special events, and appreciate the views of the ocean and the iconic Fort Jesus.