Ulster Unionist Councillor Darryl Wilson said “Our local Riverside Park has been the topic of discussion for a few months now, many concerns about safety and aesthetics have been raised by literally hundreds of members of the public. Over the last few weeks I have engaged with Council officers and made them aware of these issues.
They have offered to carry out works to help address the “untidy” image of the park and to help explain to the public what the wetlands are a about and what outcomes council hope to achieve over the coming years . Routine maintenance will now include tidying weeds/grass from the fence along Armour Avenue, the path within the wetlands will be cut back to improve safety and any vegetation protruding onto the promenade from the wetland will also be cut back.
The Orange site fencing which was in place to allow a natural barrier to grow will also be removed. Council will also install additional education boards to better inform the public about what is now in the wetland.
The boards will include the following information :
(Interpretation Panel No 1) Gives an insight to meadow/wetland and the importance of management, illustrating the meadow throughout the seasons (A panoramic illustration of the meadow split into spring/summer & autumn/winter) using this approach we can show the transitions of the meadow throughout the year and explain what a meadow/wetland is and why have it. The board will also explain the importance of management within meadows. (This is 300mm tall and 2m wide affixed to top rail)
Interpretation Panel No 2 (300mm high by 600mm sign, at the main entrance gate to the Meadow/wetland.) This sign will be in keeping with the overall brand and will be used to inform the public that they are entering into a managed space for them to enjoy.
Interpretation Panel No 3 -6 (Introduce more smaller interpretation panels throughout the wetland to engage the public in a trail experience.) Showing illustrations of what you might see in spring/summer and autumn/winter as you walk around the meadow.
I will be monitoring the progress of the park closely over the coming months in a bid to ensure that the park becomes an attractive, practical and enjoyable space for locals and visitors alike.