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 Park, which has 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 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 been 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 in the new year.
Section 2 – shared space between Forth River and Springfield Road
Work is underway in the area between Forth River and Springfield Road to create a new shared space which will be known as Springvale Park. It will include walking and cycling paths, including a new path which connects the space to Paisley Park. A new raised walkway will also be installed over the wetlands. Work is due to be completed by summer 2023.
Section 3 - Springfield Road and Falls Park
Work is almost complete on this section, which includes the £1.2 million redevelopment at Springfield Park. The route connects Springfield Road with the Whiterock Community Corridor and Falls Park. As well as pathways, wayfinding signage and street furniture, existing junctions have been enhanced to improve crossings for pedestrians and cyclists. The final element in this section of the project will see the addition of interpretive and wayfinding signage in the new year.
Section 4 – Bog Meadows
The majority of work on this section is completed. Bog Meadows Nature Reserve is owned and maintained by the Ulster Wildlife Trust. Pathways within and connecting to the nature reserve have been enhanced and widened, with additional planting and lighting added. The route connects to Broadway, where a new, welcoming entrance has been added. The final element in this section of the project will see the addition of interpretive and wayfinding signage in the new year.
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 be completed by spring 2023.
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. It will be unveiled in early 2023.
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 five pieces of floor art, located in each of the greenway’s five sections, have been installed.
Primary school art competition
As part of the public art project, almost 270 children from eight primary schools have taken part in a competition called ‘Nature in Belfast, Through Pattern’. A selection of their designs will inspire patterns in the final seven-metre-tall sculpture and the content of the floor art.
This table shows the schools that took part and the competition winners.
|Bunscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh
||Yasmin Mc Givern, Oisín Devine Hagans, Leah Devine Hagans and Ruairí Mac Giolla bhéin
|Forth River Primary
||Brooke Lewis, Elijah Beagan and Harry Ingram
||Jude Burns, Jake Hinds, Jessica Moore and Madison Hughes.
||Ruby Osborne, Emma Ballard, Zya Magcalas, Freya Carson, Lily Matthews and Jessica Ezeobi
||Ardie Hermon, Jamie Henderson, Georgia Go and Alfie Leslie.
|St Clare’s Primary
||Juri Ahmed, Daniel Irvine, Kimberley Morgan, John Falloon and Daire Conway
|St Kevin’s Primary
||Zuri McParland, Maria McCaffrey, Katie Keenan and Sophie Owens
|St Paul’s Primary
||Lauren McCusker Burnell, Joseph Cahill and Faith-Rose Smyth
Keep an eye on our social media or follow artist Sara-Cunningham Bell on these channels:
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.