LISBURN City Council has unveiled plans to
revitalise Wallace Park to create an historic city green space
within the city; and they are seeking your views on its
A new and exciting concept plan for the Park
has just been released, as well as a model of how the Park could
look in the future which will be available to view in Wallace
Park at the Family Fun Day, which follows the Mayor's Parade
The new designs respect both the historic
nature of the. Victorian Park and the need to incorporate new
and diverse uses of the Park, including woodland areas and
walks, sporting provision and family-orientated activities. The
will also contain a 'Flagship' Children's Play Area and other
improvement works will include a modern sports pavilion,
additional car parking and other Health and Safety related
Councillor Brian Heading, Chairman of the
Council's Leisure Services Committee emphasised the importance
of Wallace Park to the people of Lisburn: "Wallace Park is the
premier Urban Park for all the people of Lisburn. The Council is
committed to developing the Park for the benefit of all
ratepayers across the City area and wishes to establish the Park
as a vibrant and safe destination for all the family."
He continued: "This public consultation will
allow local residents to be part of the process. Even if you are
not a current user of the Park, your views can play an important
part in shaping it for future generations and
I would urge everyone to see these plans and
make up their own minds on how this historic landmark in the
centre of the City can best be regenerated."
In addition, residents may also express their
opinion by the completing the comment form on the Council's
firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to the Director of
Leisure Services, using the following freepost address: Lisburn
City Council, Freepost BEL 4113, The Civic Centre, Lagan Valley
Island, The Island, Lisburn, BT27 4BR.
Comments will be received up to Wednesday May
21. It is hoped that the plans will be finalised in June, with
work commencing in the Autumn.
How the park will be
THE Council have released the concept plan for Wallace Park
which outline's the proposals for the redevelopment of the park.
Each number on the plan relates to the Council's / consultants'
proposals for each area identified.
1. Car Park
Existing car park to be extended into
area currently occupied by dog toilet. Car parking
provision to be increased from 54 to 107 spaces.
Recycling facilities to be retained.
New lighting to be provided to car
park and footpath link to Cricket Pavilion.
Bandstand to be retained, cleaned and refurbished.
Area around bandstand to be widened,
levelled and repaved to create a seating and potential
New access pathways to be provided
from Main Avenue. Existing steep access path from Main
Avenue to be replaced with steps.
Drainage problem to south of pond to be rectified.
Evergreen shrubs to be thinned and cleared to open up
lines of vision to and from pond. Replace edge railing
around pond with new railing of similar style.
Repair perimeter pathways and
refurbish edge of pond, widening pathway on northern
edge. Provide timber-decked platform for viewing and
feeding ducks. Refurbish steps leading to Main Avenue.
4. Play Area
Replace existing play area with high
quality enclosed 'Flagship' play area, incorporating a
hard surface multi-games area.
Provide new public toilet and cafe
kiosk building at entrance to play area.
5. Maintenance Compound Fence off
to create a secure maintenance
compound area. Refurbish maintenance building. Provide
hedge and tree planting to screen compound.
6. Former Velodrome
Remove southern embankment to open up
views towards soccer pitch and play area from Deans
Walk. Retain pitch and upgrade surface for use as events
space during summer months.
Create grassed terraces in cutting
adjacent to Main Avenue to facilitate viewing of
7.Changing Pavilion/Tennis Courts
Replace existing changing building
with new improved changing pavilion.
Pavilion to be of traditional build,
red brick, slate roof, etc. Retain and refurbish 3
Tennis Courts with floodlighting. Replace perimeter
fencing and control access to rear of Cricket Pavilion.
Provide new access paths linking new
pavilion to Deans Walk. Provide lighting to access path
link to car park.
8. Soccer Pitches
Retain existing soccer pitches.
9. Park Boundaries
Provide low hedge planting to screen perimeter
fencing to park.
Repave pedestrian entrances to Main
Avenue from Belsize Road and Magheralave Road. Continue
(dropped) kerb lines to public footpath across each
entrance to discourage vehicular access.
General Improvement Work includes: -
Improved drainage throughout the park.
Resurfacing to existing pathways.
Replacement of existing seating, bins
and signal with a co-ordinated suite of park furniture.