Marsh-wiggle Way Opens!

A brand new section of the Connswater Community Greenway opened to the Public on Friday 27th May 2016.   Marsh-Wiggle Way is a new one kilometre cycle and pedestrian link connecting Orangefield Park and Clarawood to the Braniel. Following a recent public campaign, Marsh-wiggle Way was named after the fictional frog like humanoid marsh-dwellers found in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, written by east Belfast Author C.S Lewis.

As part of the opening celebrations of Marsh-wiggle Way, key stakeholders including politicians, residents, businesses and nearby schools were invited to walk the way and enjoy activities such as music, crafts, story-telling and even take part in a unique Marsh-wiggle wig-wam experience. 

This newly landscaped section of the Greenway creates a fanastic link especially for people from the Braniel and Clarawood communities. Thirty nine new led lights have been installed as well as new street furniture including  eight new seats (three benches and five single) and two new bins. Over 160 trees (167) have been planted which include a mixture of native species such as Willow, Alder, Birch and Oak. Further landscaping elements will be complete by August 2016.

Speaking at the opening of Marsh-Wiggle Way, Wendy Langham Programme Manager Connswater Community Greenway, said:

The opening of Marsh-Wiggle Way marks a significant milestone in the development of the Connswater Community Greenway. Not only will this brand new one kilometre link help to increase accessibility and opportunities for healthier lifestyles but will further connect people and places across the east of the city and beyond.  Community engagement is at the very heart of the project and we were delighted that the link was named Marsh-wiggle Way by public vote. This opening is especially significant as it is the first of a series of openings of new sections of the greenway, with many exciting new places to open this year.”

Councillor Declan Boyle, chairman of the Belfast City Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, which has oversight of the delivery of the project, said:

“The Connswater Community Greenway project is one of the cornerstones of Belfast City Council’s Investment Programme. It will not only transform the east of the city, it will benefit all of our citizens right across Belfast by providing opportunities to improve health and accessibility for everyone and will also play a major role in our efforts to drive up the number of tourists visiting the city. The Marsh-Wiggle Way is another exciting piece in the jigsaw step towards the completion of the project.”

Thank you to everyone who walked the way with us at the opening and special thanks to our contined supporters and volunteers!