J3773 : Flood alleviation works, Orangefield Park, Belfast (12)

taken 7 years ago, near to Ormeau, Sydenham, Ballyhackamore, Ballymacarret and Knock, Northern Ireland

Flood alleviation works, Orangefield Park, Belfast (12)
Flood alleviation works, Orangefield Park, Belfast (12)
The view, across the new footbridge, towards Orangefield Lane. The Knock River now flows under it - from right to left. In the words of the official website: “Orangefield Park is about to be transformed, with work to divert the Knock River along a new channel, to take place today - Tuesday 28th January 2014. The River, which currently flows along the edge of the park, adjacent to many properties have been affected by flooding in the past, will be diverted into the heart of the park as a key component of the flood alleviation element of an integrated project under way in the area . . . . . Work in the park began last May 2013, with 40,000 tonnes of soil being moved to create the new river channel and naturalised flood plain. The permanent diversion of the river, along with other flood defences, means that there will soon be a high level of flood protection for the properties situated adjacent to the river, including Orangefield Park, Orangefield Green and Sandhill Park”. J3773 : Park path, Belfast (3) shows the same view in December 2011 long before work started on the scheme.
The Connswater Greenway, Belfast

A major project involving a neglected river running through east Belfast. Officially described as: “The Connswater Community Greenway is a £32 million investment in East Belfast. The project has been developed by the East Belfast Partnership and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Belfast City Council and the Department for Social Development.
The Connswater Community Greenway will create a 9km [5½ miles] linear park through East Belfast, following the course of the Connswater, Knock and Loop Rivers, connecting the open and green spaces and remediating the Connswater River itself. The Greenway will reconnect the communities of East Belfast and restore the rivers as community assets. It will create vibrant, attractive, safe and accessible parkland for leisure, recreation and community events and activities”.

An announcement, on 2 July 2013, included the following “Summer 2013 construction of the first phase of the Connswater Community Greenway Project will begin with work taking place in Orangefield and Victoria Parks. One of the key elements of work in Victoria Park is a new bridge link from Victoria Park to Airport Road”.

An official press release dated 19 August 2014 contains the following: “The final phase of the Connswater Community Greenway will begin later this year and will include; a C.S. Lewis themed public square at Holywood Arches, public art, new play areas, improvements to the rivers, flood defences, lighting, benches, landscaping, planting and 13kms of new paths for walking and cycling.”
This is the link to the official Connswater Greenway website LinkExternal link

Greenville and Orangefield Parks, Belfast :: J3673

Greenville Park and Orangefield Park are parts of a park and playing fields between Grand Parade and Houston Park in east Belfast.

The Knock River, Belfast

A short river in east Belfast. It rises near Stormont and merges with the Loop River, near Con O’Neill’s bridge, to form the Connswater.

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Saturday, 1 February, 2014   (more nearby)
Saturday, 1 February, 2014
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Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Park and Public Gardens  Construction, Development 
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Irish: geotagged! J 371 732 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.3227N 5:52.7487W
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Irish: geotagged! J 371 731
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Park  Orangefield Park (Belfast)  Footbridge  River  Knock River (Belfast)  Flood Alleviation 

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