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Landfill set to become city park
Central Park, New York
New Yorkers use the park to escape Manhattan's mayhem
Plans to transform a landfill site on the edge of north Belfast have been announced by Belfast City Council.

They are inviting people to suggest uses for the proposed Giant's Park, which they are comparing to Central Park in New York.

Among the options currently being considered for the 200-acre site are a ferris wheel, a cable car and an outdoor concert venue.

The plans for the Dargan Road site depend on lottery funding.

Marie-Therese McGivern, Director of Development at Belfast City Council, said the facility would benefit all communities.

843 acres (340 hectares), in a long rectangle
25 million visitors each year
26,000 trees, 9,000 benches
Fewer than 100 crimes reported in 2005

"Our funding bid is dependent on this feedback, which will enable us to present the Big Lottery with a true reflection of public opinion," she said.

"This is an exciting opportunity for people to have a direct impact on their own environment and we would urge everyone to suggest at least one imaginative idea of what they would like to put in the park."

She said access via a footbridge across the M2 motorway or by cable car from the top of Cave Hill, had also been suggested.

Dargan Road landfill site
The Dargan site is at present a dump, to say the least

Visits to the site are also scheduled throughout the afternoon of Sunday 25 March to give people a first hand appreciation of its potential.

The Giant's Park consultation process will run until 26 March, when all feedback will be analysed and collated by independent community consultation experts, before being presented to the Big Lottery in May.

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