Date: 28 Jul 2022
A Family Fun Day took place at Springfield Dam recently to celebrate local community and schools’ involvement in the Forth Meadow Community Greenway.
The event on Saturday 23 July was delivered by peacebuilding charity Mediation Northern Ireland, as part of Belfast City Council’s EU-funded PEACE IV Programme, managed by the SEUPB.
Among the activities on the day were face-painting, watching a short film about the greenway and testing skills on a Treasure Hunt.
The Treasure Hunt used interpretative panels focused on local history which were developed using feedback from the local community about living in the area. These local history panels will be installed along with other signage on the greenway later this year.
The short film was a collaboration between three local primary schools – Springfield, St Clare’s and Springhill.
Attending the Fun Day, Lord Mayor Councillor Tina Black, said: “We are so fortunate in Belfast to have a rich social and community history that speaks to the generosity and passion of local people. The panels which will be installed on the Forth Meadow Community Greenway explore that history.
“We want to thank the PEACE IV Programme for its support – the PEACE Programme has made a long and valuable contribution to building peace and reconciliation in this city and beyond.
“The slogan for the Forth Meadow Community Greenway is On Common Ground. I was delighted to be at the Fun Day with children and local people from all backgrounds using a fantastic facility for the community at Springfield Dam, genuinely enjoying the common ground between communities.”
On behalf of organisers Mediation Northern Ireland, co-organiser Peter Osborne, said: “The Forth Meadow Community Greenway has been developed with and for the local community by Belfast City Council with PEACE IV funding. It is a wonderful resource for north and west Belfast, and will encourage local people to discover the best of what their area has and also explore other areas that maybe they haven’t visited in a while.
“We are delighted to play our part in reflecting on the panels not just local history and important things to see, but hopefully to reflect the pride that people have in their area. We really do walk on common ground.”
The Greenway is being delivered through Belfast City Council’s PEACE IV, Local Authority Action Plan. This Action Plan has been funded through the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, which is managed by The Special EU Programmes Body. Match-funding has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.
For more information on the Belfast PEACE IV, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/PEACEIV