PLANS to regenerate Wallace Park took a step
forward this week with news that Scott Wilson Group have been
appointed to design the new facilities.
It was also revealed at this week's meeting
of Lisburn City Council, that the £1.5 million regeneration
scheme will include a' flagship play facility'.
Welcoming the appointment of the company who
will undertake the design, contract documentation and construct
supervision of the project, Councillor Paul Givan, former Vice
Chairman of the Council's Leisure Services Committee, said:
"This council has made the improvement of Wallace
Park a priority and £1.5 million is really
putting your money where your mouth is. "We don't just want to
upgrade the park, we want a flagship park that will attract
people from beyond Lisburn," he added.
Chairman of the Council's Environmental
Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter, expressed his thanks
to the Friends of Wallace Park group, who have been campaigning
for improvements to the park. "By working in partnership we can
deliver," he said. Alderman Ivan Davis declared the park would
be a "credit to this city" and Councillor Andrew Ewing added:
"Wallace Park is one of the city's best assets."
Councillor Bill Gardiner-Watson stated that
the regeneration was 'long overdue'. "Wallace Park could become
one of the most beautiful parks in Northern Ireland," he stated.
His sentiments were echoed by Alderman Cecil
Calvert, who said: "I hope work will start in the not to distant
future to make this a premier open space for the people of
Lisburn. I think we deserve it."
Councillor Brian Heading, Chairman of the
Council's Leisure Services Committee, also spoke of the pressure
on open space in the city and added: "I would like to make sure
every play park in the city is a flagship park."