Muri Okunola Park Lagos was formerly the Cloverleaf Park. It was renovated and renamed by the then Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola in 2011.
Who is Muri Okunola?
Late Hon. Justice Muritala Aremu Okunola (the man the Muri Okunola Park is dedicated to) was a Justice of the Federal High Court of Nigeria. He was very dedicated to improving the Nigerian Judicial system and was the first person in the Lagos State Ministry of Justice to obtain a PhD in Law. Late Justice Muritala Okunola died in January 2004, in the city of Mecca.
The park was renamed after him to honour his dedication to serving the Lagos State Government and Nigeria. It was also a means to immortalise the late Justice and show the residents of Lagos State that no good work goes unrecorded.
Where is the Muri Okunola Park located?
The park is located in the heart of Victoria Island, Lagos State, on Ozumba Mbadiwe Street. The park can be found just opposite Adeola Hopewell and a few minutes walk from the Nigeria Law school, Lagos Branch.
About Muri Okunola Park
The Muri Okunola park has lush green grass and is surrounded by beautiful flowers, gardens and trees. It has a capacity to carry up to 2000 people, and 500 for banquet-style events. The park is open from 8 am to 8 pm daily and entrance into the park is free except for the days when events are held there. A taxi fare from Obalende to Muri Okunola Park costs about 500 to 1000 naira.
What kind of events are held at the park
The park welcomes a variety of events, such as:
Weddings: The Muri Okunola Park is a popular destination for weddings, pre-wedding shoots and anniversaries.
Parties: Lots of parties are thrown and organised daily at the Muri Okunola Park.
Video and photography shoot: Birthday shoots, filming of music videos, anniversary shoots, photoshoots and many more are all allowed.
Concerts and Festivals: It is no surprise that the Muri Okunola Park is home to many Lagos concerts and festivals such as the just-concluded NATIVELAND2019 festival.
Art in the park: In November 2011, the then General Manager of Lagos State Park and Garden Agencies (LASPARK), Mrs BilikissAdebiyi, announced that the park would be open on Saturdays and Sundays to artists and musicians to showcase their works to their fans and regular art lovers.
Why should I visit the Muri Okunola Park?
Muri Okunola Park is known for its beauty and serenity. People mostly visit the park to enjoy nature and relax. You should know that the park is only serene on weekdays when there are not many cars on the road. It is most lively during weekends when so many people are around and so many things are being showcased. The park is one of the best places to take amazing pictures and videos. If you will be taking pictures with a digital camera, be aware that you will be charged hourly.
What does the Muri Okunola park offer?
The Muri Okunola Park houses mini restaurants and shops where you can buy food and other things. There is a standby generator and speakers available for music. It has a wheelchair enabled parking lot and entrance. The parking lot has officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) on standby in case of emergencies. The park also provides free unlimited wifi access, and clean toilets are available. For those who would like to come along with their children or younger siblings, the Muri Okunola Park has a fun kiddies section for the younger ones.
What should I bring when visiting the park
The very first important thing to come along with is your camera or a camera-enabled smartphone for those who might not want to pay the hourly rate. Picnic sets such as a blanket or mat, a picnic basket containing, food, fruits, water and drinks can also be brought for those coming in groups. Comfortable clothes, money, and sunscreen too. Sadly, some parts of the park get flooded when it rains so flip flops are also advisable, especially for those who love walking barefoot in parks.
Is it safe in the Muri Okunola park?
As earlier mentioned, the Police are always sighted in the car park for emergency reasons. However, it is best to lock your cars and always keep your belongings with you in order to avoid theft and cases of stolen property. Also, remember to keep an eye on your children and young ones while they play and run around in the kiddies section.