Donegal County Council Logo
Home > Your Council > Communications Office > Press Releases 2023 > February

21/02/23 Councils reaffirm commitment to deliver Riverine project


Riverine Meeting 

Pictured in attendance at this week’s meeting to reaffirm commitment to deliver the Riverine Project –
Front Row L-R (Derry City & Strabane District Council) - John Kelpie Chief Executive,  Alderman Derek Hussey, Cllr Michaela Boyle, Karen Phillips, Director of Environment and Regeneration, Cllr Raymond Barr and Cllr Jason Barr
Back Row L-R (Donegal County Council) - Brendan O’Donnell, Senior Engineer, Capital Projects Delivery Unit, Liam Ward, Director of Community Development & Planning Services and John G McLaughlin, Chief Executive


 Elected members and senior officers from Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council met this week to reaffirm their strong commitment to progressing with the Riverine Community Park project.


The meeting was held following the recent positive planning decision approving the development by An Bord Pleanála and to discuss an application for funding through the upcoming Peace Plus process.


The project, which is led by Donegal County Council in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council, had been approved for funding under the Peace IV programme but experienced unforeseen challenges in obtaining necessary statutory approvals which meant the project could not be completed within the timescales of the funding programme.


The Riverine Community Park is a joint project developed by Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council to develop a 30 acre dedicated cross-border and cross-community shared space in Strabane and Lifford.  It is anticipated that the project will include a park of regional significance, which will be located along the banks of the River Foyle on both sides, comprising of a number of key elements including outdoor events space, managed parkland, enhanced river access, environmental area, an adventure play area and community building. 


The shared space will be linked by a pedestrian and cycle bridge that will span across the river, representing a physical and symbolic link in connecting the communities of Strabane, Lifford and their rural hinterlands.  The project will also be supported by a dedicated community animation programme, designed to promote sustained and meaningful cross-border and cross-community contact and relations through a range of programmed activities targeting various groups. 


Both Councils have reaffirmed their commitment to delivering this hugely important cross-border cross-community shared spaces regeneration project for Strabane and Lifford and confirmed that they are working with funders and relevant supporting Government Departments to agree a strategic funding and delivery plan going forward.


The remaining elements of the project will be delivered over subsequent phases to align with the availability of relevant funding programmes, including the imminent launch of the Peace Plus Programme. 


Riverine Community Park

Rate this Page

Select an option below

Map Services

Map Portal

  • winterweather Image
  • NWGreenway network icon
  • Donegal Tourism Logo
  • Rennet Image
  • NPPR Logo
  • Donegal Gathering Logo
  • NRDO European Project Logo
  • Public Art logo
  • Regional Cultural Centre logo
  • Spaceial logo
  • IrishWater
  • LEO