€8.96 million of EU PEACE IV funding has been offered for a new shared space project that will reach across Lifford and Strabane.
Called ‘Riverine,’ the project will create thirty acres of new cross-border community park space and infrastructure, designed to help bring people together.
It will encompass a number of unique elements all designed to encourage greater levels of positive cross-community contact. These elements will include: a pavilion building (for various cultural and heritage events); outdoor wetland and park space (for recreation and environmental education activities); a family fun space (comprising of a toddler and junior adventure play area); cross-border pathways and greenways (to accommodate leisure and recreation activities); and a newly constructed pedestrian footbridge (that will symbolically connect the space across the River Foyle).
Match-funding for the project has been provided by the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.
See next week's newspaper for full details and reaction.