PUBLIC support is being urged for an all-important cross-community event to help save the Riverine Project which is taking place tomorrow.
The major cross-community family funday was devised in response to a funding setback when the project narrowly fell short of the public interest, or ‘community buy-in’ needed to attain £8.5m European funding.
Following this setback, leaders of community groups across Strabane and Lifford have pulled together to organise a huge family event hoping to show once and for all that the Riverine public park, open air theatre, footbridge, cycling zone and running area is greatly desired among the local community.
With the event set to take place on Sunday, one of the organisers Teresa Stewart from Strabane Access Youth Engagement (AYE) project, is hoping for a good turnout. “Excitement is building for our ‘Walk For Our Park’ and family funday in support of the Riverine Project,” she said. “It is going to be a great day of craic and fun for all involved, and will feature a vast array of activities to help bring the community together in support of this essential project.”
According to Teresa, the event will feature live music from the brilliant David Oliver and guests, bouncy castles, face painting, balloon modelling, children’s characters and superheroes and sumo wrestling. Walks from the Pagoda in Strabane and the Diamond in Lifford will kick off at 2pm to the event site at the famous ‘Tinnies’ where burgers and ice-cream will be available.
“Community organisations, sports groups and local businesses across Strabane and Lifford have been fantastic in showing their support,” Teresa continued. “We need as much support as possible for both the upcoming event on Sunday and the funding bid to deliver the Riverine Project to demonstrate the need and want of such capital investment at this local level.”
The ‘Rise of the Riverine’ will take place on Sunday, from 2-5pm, starting at Abercorn Square and walking to ‘The Tinnies’.