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Lagan Valley Regional Park

SUMMARY

Name: Lagan Valley Regional Park
Location: Belfast
County: Antrim
Total Cost: £ 20,931.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Lagan Rural Partnership
Duration: 11/01/2010 - 31/03/2011
Telephone: 028 90 491 922

PROJECT SUMMARY

The improvement of tourist accessibility at Lagan Valley Regional Park and raising the site's image as a local tourist attraction leading to a considerable rise in visitor numbers.

BACKGROUND

Lagan Valley Regional Park is Northern Ireland's first and only Regional Park. Located between Belfast and Lisburn and covers 400 acres. The park is a mosaic of countryside, urban parks, heritage sites, nature reserves and riverside trails.  Within the Regional Park lies the Giants Rink which is believed to be the best preserved example of a prehistoric henge monument in Ireland. Due to its isolated position the site was not getting the recognition it deserved.

ACTIVITIES

This project received funding to upgrade current pathways and to improve accessibility i.e. materials, labour, drainage and landscaping costs. Lagan Valley Regional Park also received funding for the supply and fit of a visitor monitoring device.

BENEFITS

To record an increase of 30% in visitors to the site immediately on project completion, given an estimated number of 6700 anticipated during the year immediately after project implementation. It is also hoped with funding to eradicate anti-social behaviour from the site and to develop a programme of outdoor activities at the site including Easter Egg trails for families etc.