Social distancing markings introduced in Belfast parks

Sun, 17/05/2020 - 14:58 -- Editor

Social distancing stencilling has been rolled out across a number of parks in Belfast as a useful tool to help keep people safe.

South Belfast SDLP Councillor Gary McKeown has welcomed the new measures, saying "This initiative will help keep members of our community, particularly those who are vulnerable, safer in our parks. The stencils will act as a simple but effective reminder to maintain social distancing.

"For many people, going out during this pandemic can be stressful, but exercise has an important role to play in both our mental and physical health, so creative ideas to make it safer are exactly what is needed. In this case, it is nothing more than a spray can and a stencil, but it gets the message across.

"These markings at key points in parks will remind everyone of how important it is to maintain social distancing, meaning we can all continue to enjoy our parks and keep well.

"This complements the ongoing work that Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon is going to introduce wider pavements and pop-up cycle lanes, will help make our city safer and cleaner during the pandemic," added the Botanic Councillor.

Stencils will be initially be placed in the following parks:

1. Ormeau Park
2. Botanic Gardens 
3. Drumglass Park
4. Falls Park
5. Musgrave Park
6. Belfast Castle
7. Woodvale Park
8. Connswater Greenway
9. Victoria Park
10. Barnett Demesne
11. Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park
12. Belmont Park

Sustrans has implemented a similar initiative on the Comber Greenway.