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PEACE IV Shared Spaces

Forth Meadow Community Greenway

  • Introduction

    Forth Meadow Community Greenway is a new £5.1 million EU PEACE IV-funded project to connect existing open spaces in north and west Belfast along a 12 km 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 Park.

    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.

  • Greenway sections

    There are five distinct sections to the capital works.

    Section 1 - Glencairn to Ballygomartin

    Glencairn Park will see improvements including a new entrance at Forthriver Road and a new 3m wide path linking Glencairn Park to Glencairn Road. There will also be improvements to Forthriver Linear Park’s existing path, replacement of fencing at Clarendon Playing Fields and the refurbishment of the footbridge at Forthriver Way.

    Section 2 – shared space between Forth River and Springfield Road

    A new shared space including walking and cycling paths will be created on the former industrial land between the lower Forth River and Springfield Road. New paths will also connect the space to Paisley Park and Woodvale Park.

    Section 3 - Springfield Road and Falls Park

    This section includes the £1.2 million redevelopment at Springfield Dam Park 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.

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Funding

    We’re delivering the project thanks to funding from the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

    Match-funding will be provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland. The redevelopment of Springfield Dam Park received additional funding from the Department for Communities.

    Forth Meadow Community Greenway is one of three major PEACE IV shared space projects underway in Belfast.

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