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North Belfast: Marrowbone Millennium Park reopens to the public after £4.3m upgrade including 3G pitch and play park

Officially opening Marrowbone Millennium Park after a £4.3m upgrade, Belfast Lord Mayor Ryan Murphy is joined by (L-R): Patrick Anderson from the Department for Communities, Cohan Carson and Cian Carson from Holy Cross Boys’ Primary School and Gareth Johnston from the Executive Office.
Officially opening Marrowbone Millennium Park after a £4.3m upgrade, Belfast Lord Mayor Ryan Murphy is joined by (L-R): Patrick Anderson from the Department for Communities, Cohan Carson and Cian Carson from Holy Cross Boys’ Primary School and Gareth John Officially opening Marrowbone Millennium Park after a £4.3m upgrade, Belfast Lord Mayor Ryan Murphy is joined by (L-R): Patrick Anderson from the Department for Communities, Cohan Carson and Cian Carson from Holy Cross Boys’ Primary School and Gareth Johnston from the Executive Office.

MARROWBONE Millennium Park in north Belfast has reopened to the public after a £4.3m upgrade that includes a 3G pitch, spectator seats and a play-park.

The new facilities will also include an outdoor gym, a multi-use community space and accessible changing facilities.

With the 3G pitch increased to 95 metres, the park will be able to host IFA intermediate standard league matches for the first time.

Belfast Lord Mayor, Sinn Fein’s Ryan Murphy, opened the new facility and called it “a massive boost for the local community”.

“I’m sure that local children will be thrilled with the fantastic new play park which features a range of accessible equipment, while I know that the community will welcome the new events space, the MUGA, the outdoor gym equipment, as well as the new paths throughout the park,” he said.

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Early next year, A £5.4m upgrade is also due to start to transform Ballysillan Playing Fields into another “state-of-the-art sport, play and leisure facilities for the north of the city.”

Cian Carson and Cohan Carson from Holy Cross Boys’ Primary School check out the new play park in Marrowbone Millennium Park in north Belfast, which has reopened after a £4.3m  upgrade.
Cian Carson and Cohan Carson from Holy Cross Boys’ Primary School check out the new play park in Marrowbone Millennium Park in north Belfast, which has reopened after a £4.3m upgrade. Cian Carson and Cohan Carson from Holy Cross Boys’ Primary School check out the new play park in Marrowbone Millennium Park in north Belfast, which has reopened after a £4.3m upgrade.

The Lord Mayor added: “They represent an investment in people’s health and wellbeing, while also playing a significant role in regenerating communities.”

The Marrowbone overhaul was funded by The Executive Office’s Urban Villages Initiative, Belfast City Council and the Department for Communities, with additional land provided by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

A free Halloween-themed community celebration event will take place between 1-3pm on Friday to mark the official opening of the park, with more information available at

Gareth Johnston from the Executive Office, Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Ryan Murphy and Patrick Anderson from the Department for Communities at Marrowbone Millennium Park.
Gareth Johnston from the Executive Office, Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Ryan Murphy and Patrick Anderson from the Department for Communities at Marrowbone Millennium Park. Gareth Johnston from the Executive Office, Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Ryan Murphy and Patrick Anderson from the Department for Communities at Marrowbone Millennium Park.