Locals attend opening of a new section of the Greenway

Hundreds of locals flocked to a new section of the Connswater Community Greenway this weekend to celebrate the opening.  The new section, which connects the Beersbridge Road to Grand Parade, includes the ‘green heart’ of the Connswater Community Greenway – The Hollow. A meeting point for Knock, Loop and Connswater Rivers and  the location of the historic 17th Century Conn O’Neill bridge, The Hollow is best known for the reference made to it in the song ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ by East Belfast musician Van Morrison.

With everything from reptile zoos to highly competitive duck races and craft activities there was something for everyone.  Ice-cream kept everyone refreshed while parents enjoyed tea and coffee in between getting faces painted and planting seedlings with Avoniel Community Gardeners.

This latest section of the Greenway follows the Knock River from The Hollow to Dixon Playing Fields and to Grand Parade making the entire Knock River section of the Greenway accessible.

It also includes features such as a 900ms of combined cycle and walking paths, landscaping and native planting including 119 semi mature trees and 39 different species of native naïve wildflowers, seating and lighting, new crossings on Beersbridge Road and Grand Parade, interpretative and wayfinding signage, restoration and conservation of The Conn O’Neil bridge and three new bridges linking people and places. 

 

We would like to thank everyone who helped make the day a great success including all of the organisations who came along as well as Belfast City Council and Bloomfield Community Association.

A special mention to our volunteers who continually show up and work tirelessly behind the scenes to make these events happen. Thank you for your enthusiasm and dedication!