About Connswater Community Greenway

The Connswater Community Greenway is a £40 million investment in East Belfast. The project has been developed by the EastSide Partnership and is being delivered by Belfast City Council. It is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Belfast City Council, the Department for Communities and Department for Infrastructure.  An £11 million flood alleviation scheme incorporated into the project has helped to reduce flooding to 1700 properties. 

The Connswater Community Greenway has created a 9km linear park through east Belfast, following the course of the Connswater, Knock and Loop Rivers, connecting the open and green spaces. The Greenway has created vibrant, attractive, safe and accessible parkland for leisure, recreation, 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 has emerged to link local residents to parks, leisure facilities, businesses, shopping centre, schools and colleges.

Key facts:

  • A 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
  • Up to 5 km of rivers cleaned
  • Hubs for education, interpretation points and tourism and heritage trails
  • Wildlife corridor from Belfast Lough to the Castlereagh Hills

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