About Connswater Community Greenway

The Connswater Community Greenway is a £40 million investment in East Belfast. The project has been developed by the East Belfast Partnership and is being delivered by Belfast City Council. It is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Belfast City Council and the Department for Social Development. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Rivers Agency is working in partnership with the CCG to deliver elements of the East Belfast Flood Alleviation Scheme which will help to reduce flooding in east Belfast.

The Connswater Community Greenway will create a 9km linear park through East Belfast, following the course of the Connswater, Knock and Loop Rivers, connecting the open and green spaces. The Connswater River is currently dirty and neglected. As part of the project the rivers will be cleaned and brought back to life. The Greenway will create vibrant, attractive, safe and accessible parkland for leisure, recreation and community events and activities.

The project will improve the quality of life for the people of east Belfast. These include; the 40,000 residents, pupils and students attending the 23 schools and colleges, visitors and tourists to east Belfast and those who chose to work and invest in east Belfast. A whole new greener environment will emerge to link local residents to parks, leisure facilities, businesses, shopping centre, schools and colleges.

The Connswater Community Greenway will:

  • Create 9km linear park for walking and cycling
  • 16km of foot and cycle paths
  • 26 new or improved bridges and crossings
  • Serve 23 schools and colleges
  • Clean up to 5 km of rivers
  • Create hubs for education, interpretation points and tourism and heritage trails
  • Create a C.S. Lewis Civic Square for celebrations and events
  • Provide a wildlife corridor from Belfast Lough to the Castlereagh Hills

The Connswater Community Greenway will be a living landmark for east Belfast and a fantastic legacy for our children.