Belfast Lord Mayor visits the Connswater Community Greenway

Last week Belfast Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir joined CCG Programme Manager Wendy Langham to explore the Greenway area amid constructuction of the Connswater Community Greenway.

(Wendy Langham (CCG Programme Manager) with Belfast Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir at the start of their cycle in Orangefield Park)

Recently, we announced that works have started in both Orangefield and Victoria Park as part of Phase 1 of the Connswater Community Greenway. Work will continue into early next year with completion of Phase 1 estimated as spring 2014. Read more about Phase 1 Plans.

We think it's safe to say that the Lord Mayor enjoyed his tour of east Belfast but don't take our word for it, hear it from his view point -

"The visionary folk at the Connswater Greenway invited me to cut across East Belfast — from Orangefield where the east starts to rise to the Castlereagh hill to Victoria Park on Belfast Lough — by bicycle. Getting on a bike in itself for the first time in three decades was liberating but the journey through the ‘heart of the Empire’, the first in my 53 years, was both moving and revelatory.

The £43 million venture to revive and respect the Connswater River, making a community treasure of a forgotten tributary, is transformational. It will make it possible to bike, jog or stroll along a picturesque riverbank where now there is only a rubbish-strewn waterway. In pure construction terms, it’s a big project but it’s the scale of the ambition of the wise men and women of the east who have championed this plan which really impresses me.

Many of us who have our roots in the west of this great city don’t know the east except through the evocative songs of Van Morrison so it’s a special thrill to ride the route of the Connswater Greenway and pass through the streets which were his muse. I have now been to the hollow of the Brown-Eyed Girl — “Down in the Hollow, Playin’ a new game” — behind Van’s childhood home in Hyndford Street and will never hear that song in the same way again!"

You can read the full story from the Lord Mayor's blog. Check out all the snaps in the CCG Gallery.

Hopefully this will inspire you to explore the city. If so, don't forget that we have some handy trails that will help guide you on your journey.

Proposed works at Orangefield Park include establishing a site compound and associated fencing, and also commencing service investigations to prepare for future diversions.

At Victoria Park BSG similarly intend to establish their site compound within the existing car park, and also to commence investigative and preparatory works to the new bridge landing area on Airport Road.

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