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Plans to revitalise south Belfast park welcomed

8 Dec 2017
Plans to breathe new life into the Reverend Robert Bradford Park, in south Belfast, have been warmly welcomed by residents.

The initial plans, developed by Belfast City Council in partnership with the Urban Villages Initiative, were outlined during a public consultation this spring - and 94 per cent of respondents were positive about the plans for the park, which is located just off Donegall Pass.

Chair of Belfast City Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, Councillor Deirdre Hargey, said:

“We’d like to thank everyone who has taken part in the consultation so far and provided us with such positive and constructive feedback. We’ve now considered all of the responses and we’ve made some further improvements to our plans as a result.

“We’re delighted to work in partnership with the Urban Villages Initiative, to progress this important project which will help to develop a thriving, welcoming and shared space for the local community.”

The plans include additional open space, along with new seating and lighting, together with a selection of sensory and musical equipment to add to the welcoming atmosphere of the park.

In response to requests for outdoor gym equipment, parkour-style frames are proposed for an otherwise unused area of the site. In addition, the plans now include an upgraded multi use games area with new surfacing, improved fencing and lighting. Finally, both traditional and larger play equipment, designed to support independent, inclusive and social play, as well as bright and colourful play mounds, are sure to keep the little ones entertained.

Linsey Farrell, Director of the Urban Villages Initiative commented:

“The Urban Villages Initiative aims to improve good relations and develop thriving places so we are delighted to be investing in this much improved park for Donegall Pass. We hope that the revamped Reverend Robert Bradford Park will be a shared space for everyone in the community, of all ages and abilities, to meet and enjoy a range of outdoor activities.”

Next steps in the project involve making the case for investment and submitting a planning application for the work.

Display boards, showing the proposed plans for the park and outlining the feedback received from the initial consultation will be on show in both Donegall Pass Community Centre and the Cromac Regeneration Initiative building from next Monday (11 December) through until the end of January.

More information is also available on the council website at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/urbanvillages.
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