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Northern Ireland first as forest park plans for alpine toboggan ride launched

By Claire Williamson

A Belfast park looks set to get an alpine toboggan ride in what's been described as an "innovative first".

Belfast City Council has launched a tendering exercise for the new feature in Colin Glen Forest Park.

The toboggan system is designed to run on a rail and be driven by a rider. The rides are particularly popular in ski resorts and are used out of season when there is no snow. The Belfast park plan is envisaged to run to 600metres in length when it is finished.

The Colin Glen Trust is behind the project and it's understood funding has been planned with work earmarked to start later this year. The plans are part of a larger scheme of work under the council's Belfast Investment Fund.

SDLP councillor Brian Heading described the scheme as "innovative".

He said: "It will be only facility of it's type in Ireland.

"The Colin Glen Trust should be congratulated in coming up with the idea to get people into park.

"It's innovative it's forward thinking of the group and there will be additional facilities too.

"I will support it and do everything I can to get the facility installed as quickly as possible.

He added: "The group would be keen to have it installed as quickly as possible and I hope all the statutory agencies will move the project on."

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