Work is underway to develop a new £7 million shared community facility at Black Mountain, with the new facility due to open in spring 2024.
The Black Mountain Shared Space Project (BMSSP) will create a welcoming, safe and accessible state-of-the-art building on land between Ballygomartin Road and Springfield Road.
The council-led project aims to remove physical barriers in the area and create a facility where cross community programming can be delivered. It will include a mix of uses including community programming, sports, offices, meeting and informal gathering spaces for communities to mix and spend time together in an attractive, welcoming and neutral shared space.
The facility will be operated by Black Mountain Shared Space, an organisation which has been in operation since 2010, during which time they have gained support from across political parties and the local community.
The project is funded by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The PEACE IV Programme aims to create a more cohesive society through an increased provision of shared spaces and services.
Match-funding for the project has been provided by the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.
BMSSP is one of three major PEACE IV shared space projects underway in Belfast.