Learn about Fairfield’s history, relax while watching the latest football match or enjoy the public wi-fi while eating lunch.
They are just some of things you can do at The Crescent Plaza which was officially opened on Tuesday.
The modern, open plaza is on The Crescent in Fairfield with the civic space featuring substantial tree planting and landscaped areas, sitting platforms and sculptured metal seating.
The Champion had a tour of the Plaza last week with Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone, Fairfield place manager Tony Walker and councillors Adrian Wong, Dai Le, Anita Kazi and Sera Yilmaz.
“The Plaza came about because our backyards are getting smaller, and we wanted to provide more open space and we really wanted to tell the story of Fairfield and it’s people,” Mayor Carbone told the Champion.
It's a modern, contemporary design and will be a great venue for future activities.Mayor Frank Carbone
“The timeline tells how Fairfield City has evolved and changed. Our history is important. If we understand where we come from, we understand who we are and we can better understand where we’re going.”
Mayor Carbone said the LED visual media screen, a first for Fairfield, was intended to bring the community together.
“We want our community to come together and watch major events like a big football game and enjoy the City,” he said.
“The council is building community hubs and open spaces such as this so residents, shoppers and commuters can come together in a modern space to interact, reflect or have lunch in a shaded and peaceful setting.”
Among the many facets of the plaza, which includes safety and ambient lighting, are the ceramic tile artworks which display historical images and stories arising from Fairfield City’s rich natural, cultural and contemporary history. There are eight themes displayed: the Cabrogal and Early Settlers, the Crescent, celebrations and fun, significant places, immigration, governance, Prospect Creek and railways and industry.
The $1.8 million project began in 2014 with council endorsing The Crescent Plaza Concept in June 2015.
Meanwhile, council were recognised as part of the Light Years Ahead project winning the Climate Change Action Award at the Local Government NSW’s Environment Awards last week.