Big Lottery Fund Board visit the Connswater Community Greenway

Last week, the Big Lottery Fund’s UK Board and senior management team were in Belfast to see the impact of Big Lottery Fund investment in communities across Belfast. During their time here they visited the Connswater Community Greenway to see how things are shaping up.  

(The Big Lottery Fund's UK Board standing on what will become the C.S. Lewis Civic Square)

The Board started their visit at the Sam Thompson Bridge, the 'gate' of the Connswater Community Greenway. While here they visited the observation area and had a look at the new education signage in Victoria Park. They then moved on to see the Phase 2 areas of the project which are currently under construction,  including Mersey Street and the C.S. Lewis Civic Square at Holywood Arches. 

While on their visit the Big Lottery Board had conversations with stakeholders at an open board session at the Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts Centre, with the focus on how Big Lottery Fund and Voluntary Community Sector groups can put people in the lead in their new funding programme - People and Communities, which opens in January 2016. Find out more about the People and Communities Fund.

The Connswater Community Greenway was awarded funding of £23.5 million from the Big Lottery's Living Landmarks programme. Our other funders include Belfast City Council, Department for Social Development and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Phase 1 has been completed at Orangefield Park and Victoria Park. Phase 2 is currently ongoing with completion hoped for late 2016. Once complete the Connswater Community Greenway will connect people and places along a 16km Greenway through the heart of east Belfast.