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The Falls Masterplan

In 2012 we agreed to redevelop Falls Park to bring together and co-ordinate a range of projects to improve the park, the City Cemetery and the Whiterock area. The projects will offer better facilities for the community and make these areas more attractive, safe and welcoming for everyone.

The masterplan will see a total investment of around £6 million in this area.

Falls Masterplan projects

The 14 projects agreed by the council in 2012 were:

  1. Whiterock Community Corridor
  2. 3G Hybrid Pitch and changing pavilion
  3. New Service Yard (this project will now be delivered as part of the overall City Cemetery Heritage Project)
  4. Redevelopment of Foxes Lodge
  5. Redevelopment of Falls Park Gate Lodge
  6. Commonwealth War Graves
  7. Plot Z1 Memorial
  8. Belfast Blitz memorial refurbishment in city cemetery
  9. Refurbishment of city cemetery office
  10. Completion of a sculpture “Forget me not”, sited in the centre of the cemetery
  11. Established a young adults area in Falls Park
  12. Refurbishment of a new playground in Falls Park
  13. New allotment site at Whiterock Leisure Centre, and a
  14. New community garden at Whiterock Leisure Centre.

We have also received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve the heritage of the City Cemetery.

Current status

We have now appointed a contractor to carry out the physical works for the project. Initial works will involve the relocation of the current service yard (at the main entrance) to a new site adjacent to Foxes Lodge at the cemetery’s main exit. Once the new service yard is completed the site of the current service yard will be cleared to make way for the development of the new visitor centre. It is currently envisaged that the construction of the new visitor centre will commence this summer for completion by early summer 2021. Alongside these works restoration of some of the site’s key listed assets will also take place.

Get involved

We're looking for people to get actively involved in the City Cemetery Heritage Project. We plan to deliver a wide range of initiatives from tours to schools programmes to heritage and biodiversity themed activities. If you’d be interested in getting involved in the project or receiving more information please e-mail

Completed projects

To date we have completed the following projects:

  1. Belfast Blitz memorial refurbishment in city cemetery
  2. Refurbishment of city cemetery office
  3. Completion of a sculpture “Forget me not”, sited in the centre of the cemetery
  4. Established a young adults area in Falls Park
  5. Refurbishment of a new playground in Falls Park
  6. New allotment site at Whiterock Leisure Centre
  7. New community garden at Whiterock Leisure Centre
  8. New playground at Whiterock Close
  9. 3G Hybrid Pitch and changing pavilion.
  10. Plot Z1 Memorial

The Falls Masterplan