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The Falls Masterplan

In 2012 we agreed to redevelop Falls Park to bring together and co-ordinate a range of projects to improve the park, the City Cemetery and the Whiterock area. The projects will offer better facilities for the community and make these areas more attractive, safe and welcoming for everyone.

The masterplan will see a total investment of around £6 million in this area.

Falls Masterplan projects

The 14 projects agreed by the council in 2012 were:

  1. Whiterock Community Corridor
  2. 3G Hybrid Pitch and changing pavilion
  3. New Service Yard
  4. Redevelopment of Foxes Lodge
  5. Redevelopment of Falls Park Gate Lodge
  6. Commonwealth War Graves
  7. Plot Z1 Memorial
  8. Belfast Blitz memorial refurbishment in city cemetery
  9. Refurbishment of city cemetery office
  10. Completion of a sculpture “Forget me not”, sited in the centre of the cemetery
  11. Established a young adults area in Falls Park
  12. Refurbishment of a new playground in Falls Park
  13. New allotment site at Whiterock Leisure Centre, and a
  14. New community garden at Whiterock Leisure Centre.

We have also received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve the heritage of the City Cemetery.

Completed projects

To date we have completed the following projects:

  1. Belfast Blitz memorial refurbishment in city cemetery
  2. Refurbishment of city cemetery office
  3. Completion of a sculpture “Forget me not”, sited in the centre of the cemetery
  4. Established a young adults area in Falls Park
  5. Refurbishment of a new playground in Falls Park
  6. New allotment site at Whiterock Leisure Centre
  7. New community garden at Whiterock Leisure Centre
  8. New playground at Whiterock Close
  9. 3G Hybrid Pitch and changing pavilion.

For more information about these projects call us on 028 9027 0669 or email walkers@belfastcity.gov.uk

The Falls Masterplan

Ongoing projects

Plot Z1 Memorial 

Belfast City Council is planning to erect a permanent memorial at Plot Z1, also known as the ‘Baby Public Plot’, in the City Cemetery. The memorial will be in memory of up to 8,000 bodies buried on site, many of whom are stillborn babies or those who died shortly after birth.

As part of a wider consultation process, we set up a focus group to help inform decisions taken by our elected members around this project.

Following a tender process we have appointed a sculptor to design and produce the memorial for Plot Z1. With the support of the focus group, we have developed an outline design.

We are currently inviting comments on this design through a short online questionnaire.  You can submit your feedback until Friday 31 August 2018.

If you have any queries, or require further information on the development of the memorial, please contact Claire Sullivan by calling 028 9091 8779 or email sullivanc@belfastcity.gov.uk 

 

Planned projects

Falls Park service yard

We need to create a new service yard to accommodate staff, equipment, tools and materials to manage Falls Park, the City Cemetery and the surrounding area.

The preferred location for the new service yard is at Falls Park west, an open space next to the rear of the houses at Ardmonagh Garden and next to the existing 3G pitches at Whiterock Leisure Centre.

Benefits of the service yard in Falls Park include:

  • most cost effective option
  • less planning restrictions than other locations
  • level land will facilitate construction
  • new road infrastructure in place to facilitate construction
  • easy access for service vehicles and close link to Whiterock Road, and 
  • the location will not have negative impact on any further development of the park.

A plan has been created for the service yard and we intend to submit a planning application.