Green Spaces Lagos-10 Eco-Friendly Locations ––Adebayo Mayowa Ebenezer
With the rapid urbanization in Lagos, Lagosians are experiencing a more hectic lifestyle. There is a need for more green spaces for recreation during the not so busy weekends. Access to vegetated areas such as parks, open spaces, and playgrounds has been associated with better perceived general health, reduced stress levels, reduced depression and more. And this cuts across all spectrums of life: -young, old, middle age. Here is list of green spaces in Lagos in no particular order.
Lufasi an acronym for Lekki Urban Forest and Animal Sanctuary Initiative provides one of the most enjoyable places to spend some time away from the city fumes and breath richly, perfumed by numerous plant species that thrive here. Don’t forget to ask for freshly tapped palm wine.
Location: Majek 1st gate, km 41, Lekki Epe Expressway.
Entrance Fee:N 1000
Lekki Conservation Centre
One of Lagos largest green area, extending over a span of 78-hectare (190-acre) .There is leafy lanes for walking and lawns for relaxing and enjoying a picnic. It’s a good place for children too. The Savannah area or habitat of the reserve has open fields, gazebos and sheds for relaxation or for small or large group picnics
The boardwalk enables visitors to explore and view nature and wildlife. Off the boardwalk, there are a couple of bird hides for avid birders to observe birds in the open swamp areas. About 21 meters high up in the sky is a tree house where tourists can have a panoramic view of the reserve and also a canopy walk, the longest in Africa.
Location: KM 19, Lekki-Epe Expressway
Entrance Fee: N1000 and extra N1000 for canopy walk.
Lakowe Lakes and Golf Resort
If you are looking for a charming wonderland for the whole family to visit, come to Lakowe. 35km drive from Lagos, this green lush vegetation can be a welcome sight. It is worth the visit, with a lake, lush palm groves, spa, sports facilities, 18-hole championship golf course, and a Corporate Lodge .This is a perfect getaway place.
Location: Chinua Achebe Close, Lakowe lakes Golf Estate Lakowe, Ibeju Lekki
Entrance Fee: Free (You only pay for your accommodation and activities there)
Freedom Park-a former colonial prison-turned park and concert venue is a great space to relax and play peek-a-boo , with beautiful fountain and green areas that children and parents can explore and enjoy together.
Location: Broad Street, Lagos Island.
Entrance Fee: N500
There is one perfect spot for sunset in Lagos-The Lagoon front. On a beautiful evening you can get to see sunsets over the third mainland bridge, a rare beauty and awesome evening gift. There are canoes at the side of the Lagoon,one can get in and paddlers take you to the other side of the front. Other charms here includes the cool evening breez, a pathway for a stroll, a picnic or a jog.
Location: Unilag Akoka
Entrance Fee: Free
Extensive, elegant and full of shady glades and a beautiful fountain. It serves monthly as a wonderful place for musical concerts. Also a good place to buy art souvenirs.
Location: Victoria Island, close to the Lagos campus of the Nigerian Law School
Entrance Fee: Free on non concert day
An acronym for Johnson Jakande Tinubu, is a large area opened some times last year. Get your music box, pack some food and head straight away to this place.
Location:Governor’s Road near Lagos State House of Assembly, Ikeja
Entrance Fee: Free
Jibowu Recreational Park
Opened this year’s October, the small is replete wih a fountains,gazebos and a nice walk way -it is divided in to two areas-An area under the bridge and the other called the media garden.
Entrance Fee: Free
Ndubuisi Kanu Park-
The ambiance and the coolness of nature in this park makes it a must visit when you find yourself in Ikeja. The huge space present a playing ground for the kids to run around.. You can’t come in with your food
Location: Mobolaji Johnson Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos,Nigeria, Alausa 210112, Nigeria
Entrance Fee: Free when there is no event
Gani Fawehinmi Garden, Ojota
A lush small green garden with an aesthetics view along the Ojota-Ketu road.The park is in memory of the great legal icon and activist Gani Fawehinmi.