Plans are well under way to transform the river Bann into an important and appreciated resource for everyone in the community.
Helping to plan and deliver the transformation of the area is the River Bann Action Group, led by Craigavon Borough Council, .
An action plan has been put in place with a vision to make the Portadown stretch of the River Bann an inviting, safe and inclusive riverside location providing wide public appeal through a broad range of appropriate recreational and leisure activities.
The high quality natural amenity value of the area will be protected and sensitively enhanced.
The River Bann frontage extends from Portadown Rowing Club to Hoy’s Meadow which is about 1,000m in length (roughly (1,090 yards).
A number of goals have already been met including buying a weed cutter for the aquatic and weed management programme, a graffiti removal project, new public furniture installed, a river maintenance programme, signage review, water quality monitored, annual events and primary school education programmes.
Further short-term and long-term aspirations include an integrated events programme, reviewing and enhancing disability access, a River Bann Environmental Education programme and resurfacing of the cycle/foot path.
“We are very excited about what the future holds for the River Bann,” commented Councillor Ronnie Harkness, chairman of the River Bann Action Group.
“We are extremely fortunate to have this amazing jewel on our doorsteps and we look forward to developing it so it can be used for both water and land based leisure pursuits that everyone can enjoy.
“Whether you want to be active in sport or just enjoy the beauty of the River Bann we hope that over the coming years the River Bann will be enjoyed by the whole community.”