The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, this week launched the fourth Phase of the Waterside greenway route linking into Gransha Estate.
The project is a joint initiative between Council, the Western Health Trust and the Department for Communities, and represents a further £160,000 investment into the new greenway infrastructure.
Mayor McClintock said the latest Phase would open up the scenic Gransha area, and provide further opportunity for people to enjoy the city’s open spaces.
“I am delighted to see the work on the greenway project progressing, allowing people the chance to explore some of the city’s fantastic green spaces” said the Mayor.
“It is also more incentive for people from all areas of the city to consider greener and more active travel options such as cycling and walking, by improving accessibility to an increasing number of locations. I look forward to seeing the work progress, and to the successful delivery of yet another element of Council’s infrastructural and environmental commitments.”
The joint agency approach demonstrates the commitment of local partners towards making the Gransha Estate more open to the public, as well as safeguarding the environment and promoting active lifestyles. The Partnership is now committed to building on the success of the project and will continue to work towards making the area an Active and Sustainable Travel green space through continued investment.
Speaking on behalf of the Western Health Trust, Teresa Molloy, Director of Performance Management and Service Improvement at the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) said: “The Western Trust is delighted that our staff, clients and members of the public will very soon benefit from the new access arrangements and link to the Gransha site, which we will put in place through our partnership with the council.
“The Trust has just promoted our ‘Take 5’ week, aimed at improving our employees’ health and wellbeing, and promoting resilience. It is part of our aim to improve accessibility to high quality spaces and make it easy for staff to cycle or travel to work, or in their spare time.”
The new greenway link builds on the city’s growing infrastructure which currently takes in the Peace Bridge, and riverside routes in the Waterside and along the quayside leading to the Bay Road Park, and the Foyle Valley greenway.