Foyle Hospice founder Dr. Tom McGinley features in an innovative new piece of public artwork in Derry’s Waterside.
The Co. Donegal born GP joins Irish war poet Francis Ledwidge and Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, in the ‘portrait bench’ - a lifesize artwork located at the new Waterside Greenway which will be officially opened this Bank Holiday weekend.
The first phase of the city’s new greenway will be celebrated with a special family fun day at St Columb’s Park running track on Saturday, June 2.
The route, which runs from the Peace Bridge and through the park, is the result of more than half a million pounds of investment from Sustrans through the Big Lottery Fund, Derry City Council, DRD Travel Wise and NIEA, as part of the Council’s Parks Development Programme.
Derry’s Mayor Maurice Devenney says the new greenway will allow more people to explore the city.
“The new greenway is a great way for families to enjoy the local scenery and, perhaps, explore some areas of the city they haven’t visited before,” he said.
“Anything that encourages people to get outside to enjoy some fresh air and exercise is obviously of benefit to everyone.”
Sustrans’ Area Manager Ross McGill added: “Walking and cycling for everyday journeys is great for our health, the environment, and of course it’s fun too.
“These new links are going to make a real difference to how people make their everyday journeys in Derry/Londonderry.
“We hope to work with Derry City Council in the future to deliver even more routes like this locally, making it safe to get around on two wheels.”
Numerous biking activities are taking place on Saturday, from special guided tours to some serious Turbo training with the Foyle Cycle Club. People are encouraged to support this fundraising event in aid of Foyle Hospice. Check out www.sustrans.org.uk/events for more information.