We are working in partnership with the Urban Villages Initiative to improve our existing parks and to create new parks, play parks and open spaces across Belfast.
The key projects include:
The Urban Villages Initiative is a key action within the Northern Ireland Executive’s Together: Building a United Community (TBUC) Strategy. It's designed to improve good relation outcomes and to help develop places where there has been a history of deprivation and community tension. It aims to:
- foster positive community identities
- build community capacity, and
- improve the physical environment.
These will allow current and future investment to be more effective and suitable.
To meet these aims, a set of objectives and outcomes have been identified and will inform investment decisions and actions. These include:
- creating attractive and thriving places for residents and visitors
- improving internal and external access within and to the Urban Villages
- encouraging shared spaces
- encouraging trust and relationships
- creating welcoming places where people feel safe and connected, regardless of religious or ethnic background
- encouraging and supporting communities to express their views and influence what happens in their areas
The five Urban Village areas designated by Northern Ireland Executive are:
- Ardoyne and Greater Ballysillan, north Belfast
- Colin, west Belfast
- EastSide, east Belfast
- Sandy Row, Donegall Pass and the Markets areas, south Belfast
- The Bogside, Fountain and Bishop Street, Derry-Londonderry