What is Forth Meadow Community Greenway?
Forth Meadow Community Greenway is a new £5.1million EU PEACE IV-funded project to connect existing open spaces in north and west Belfast along a 12km route from Clarendon Playing Fields to the new Transport Hub in the city centre.
The capital works will create paths and cycle ways along the route, with additional planting, new pathway surfaces, new street furniture, signage, wayfinding and public art. There will also be enhancements to sites along the route including Springfield Dam, which has now been completed.
In parallel with the capital project, we are developing an exciting community activity and events programme at key sections along the greenway to help bring communities together and promote use of the shared space.
There are five distinct sections to the capital works.
Section 1 - Glencairn to Ballygomartin
The majority of work is now completed. This saw improvements to Glencairn Park including a new entrance at Forthriver Road and a new 3m wide path linking Glencairn Park to Glencairn Road. There have also be improvements to Forthriver Linear Park’s existing path, replacement of fencing at Clarendon Playing Fields and refurbishment of the footbridge at Forthriver Way. The final elements of phase one will see interpretive and wayfinding signage added later this year.
Section 2 – shared space between Forth River and Springfield Road
A new shared space including walking and cycling paths will be created on the land between the lower Forth River and Springfield Road, and new paths will connect the space to Paisley Park. A new raised walkway will also be installed over the wetlands. Works are due to commence once planning permission is in place.
Section 3 - Springfield Road and Falls Park
This section includes the £1.2 million redevelopment at Springfield Dam which received additional funding from Department for Communities. The route connects Springfield Road with the Whiterock Community Corridor and Falls Park. As well as pathways, wayfinding signage and street furniture, work will see enhancements to existing junctions to improve crossings for pedestrians and cyclists. Works are now underway and are due to be completed by summer 2022.
Section 4 – Bog Meadows
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve is owned and maintained by the Ulster Wildlife Trust. Pathways within and connecting to the nature reserve will be enhanced and widened, with additional planting and lighting added. The route will connect to Broadway, where a new, welcoming entrance will be added. Works are now underway and should be completed by autumn 2022.
Section 5 – Westlink to city centre
This section, starting at Broadway Roundabout and ending at the new Transport Hub, will see new wayfinding signage installed and improvements to the existing path. If planning approval can be secured, work is expected to get underway and be completed in autumn 2022.
Forth Meadow Community Greenway Map
This map shows the route of the new greenway.
How to use this map
On your computer, you can zoom in and out using your mouse's scroll wheel or by clicking on the zoom button in the bottom left hand corner of the map. On mobile, you can pinch and zoom or you can use the zoom buttons.
To open the map key to show the different sections of the greenway route, click the icon on the top left of the map. You can toggle the map layers on and off. Refresh the page to return to the original state.
Select the square icon on the top right to open the map in full screen, or the icon beside that to share with others.
Forth Meadow Community Greenway public art project
We have commissioned local visual artist, Sara Cunningham-Bell, to produce one signature sculpture and five floor art pieces for the greenway. As a group, these are named: ‘Carry Each Other’ with Dialogue.
The signature sculpture will be seven metres tall and made from robust metal. It will be walkable under, around and accessible for all.
Its design has a number of influences including the local area’s mill history, their cogs and wheels, the many old housing estates, their apple orchards, the ring forts and their circular enclosures, including their concept as gateways to a fairy world. It is also inspired by Belfast’s community strength, its energy and a wish to continue growing dynamically as a city.
The sculpture will have primary school children’s artwork embedded into its form. Primary schools involved in the project include Harmony, Forthriver, Mercy, St Paul’s, St Kevin’s, St Clare’s, Springfield and Bunscoil An tSléibhe Dhuibh.
Engagement with schools, alongside a number of public engagement events, will inform the very highest part of the sculpture and the floor art content. The five pieces of floor art will be located in each of the greenway’s five sections.
To get involved in the public art project, keep an eye on our social media or follow artist Sara-Cunningham Bell on the following channels:
From 2pm to 4pm on Thursday 7 July, as part of our public engagement about the project, artist Sara-Cunningham Bell will be doing a walkabout Falls Park and its bio-diversity section. You can join the walk and take part in this event. Meet at Whiterock Leisure Centre carpark near to Ardmonagh Family Community Group pathway.
We’re delivering the £5.1 million project, with funding provided by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), the Department for Infrastructure and the Department for Communities. The Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland have provided support for the PEACE IV element of the project.
Forth Meadow Community Greenway is one of three major PEACE IV shared space projects underway in Belfast.
Watch video about Forth Meadow Community Greenway
This video, produced at the start of the project, provides an overview of the plans.