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Development plans for Ballysillan Playing Fields

Working in partnership with the Urban Villages Initiative, we have developed a long-term development plan to create a thriving, welcoming and shared space in Ballysillan.

The proposal is being designed to meet the needs of the local community with facilities to cater for a range of experiences. 

The overall concept plan is designed to be:

  • Welcoming – proposed facilities include:
    Additional synthetic pitches, a cycle track, play area, dog park, Parkrun routes and enhancements to the community gardens, as well as events space for local community groups to gather and enjoy outdoor events such as summer festivals, concerts, community fun days, markets and fairs – enabling the park to cater for a wide range of age groups and interests.

  • Safe – proposed facilities include:
    Installation of lighting throughout the park to improve visibility during the hours of darkness.

  • Accessible – proposed facilities include:
    Entrance enhancements at numerous pedestrian gateways, creating ease of access around the perimeter and improved pathways within the park to enable walking, jogging, cycling and running.

  • Natural – proposed facilities include:
    Enhancing the natural surroundings by opening up parts of the river to create wetlands, and shaping parts of the area to encourage wildlife and plants to thrive.  

Current stage of development

Funding is not available to take forward all of the potential new facilities right now. In order to help us to prioritise those changes which should be taken forward, we ran a four week public consultation from Friday 23 November – Friday 21 December 2018.

The consultation asked for feedback from the local community and stakeholders on the elements within the initial design that they would like to be prioritised and taken forward.

Moving forward, The Urban Villages Initiative will use this feedback to put together a business case, including initial concept designs and costs for the prioritised elements, before applying for planning permission.


For more information, please call 028 9032 0202 extension 2555 or email ballysillanconsultation@belfastcity.gov.uk 

This consultation ran in tandem with a consultation on initial designs to create a thriving, welcoming and shared space at Marrowbone Millennium Park.


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Programme Office
028 9032 0202 ext 6247
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