It’s been an incredible 10 year journey and today, 25th April, Connswater Community Greenway reached a turning point in this transformative project; the opening of the final section through Connswater Shopping Centre and Retail Park to Flora Street Walkway.
This 10-week project, delivered by EastSide Arts and supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland is aimed at breaking down isolation, loneliness and promoting well-being amongst older residents of east Belfast.
Taking place at Dee Street Community Centre, the free drop-in dance workshops with Anthea McWilliams will encourage participants to get active and learn some new dance skills.
We are delighted to announce that Andrew Hassard has become the new Chair of EastSide Partnership.
Andrew takes on the role following the resignation of Mervyn Gibson who served as Chair for five years. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mervyn for his committment to the Partnership in the role of Chair. We are pleased that Mervyn will remain on the board as a community representative.
Andrew was previously Director of Parks and Leisure for Belfast City Council from 2007 until his retirement in March 2015.
Connswater Community Greenway is asking the public to come forward and name new bridges, links and parks ahead of the opening of the final section of the Greenway at the end of April.
This process has proven popular already with the public naming various bridges including James Ellis Bridge, Sam Thompson Bridge and Grace Bannister Bridge and Marshwiggle Way, the pathway which connects Braniel to Orangefield Park.
Four new sections of the transformative Connswater Community Greenway opened to the public last week, featuring a further 4kms of new cycle and pedestrian paths, two new play parks, two new multi-use games areas and two new bridges. These new sections mark the journey towards the completion of the Greenway in the next few weeks.
The locations of the four new sections and key features are;
· Newtownards Road to Connswater Link; New pedestrian and cycle path (110ms), flood walls, lighting, seats, signage, landscaping, works to the river, and a toucan crossing.
A new piece of artwork, celebrating the creative talents of well-known people connected to East Belfast as well as some of EastSide’s iconic places, has been unveiled on the gable wall of the EastSide Visitor Centre at the junction of the Newtownards Road and Connswater Street today, 22nd March 2017 by EastSide Partnership. The Luminaries and Legends artwork, created by local artist Dee Craig, stretches across the EastSide Visitor Centre on hand painted parachute cloth.