Construction on what mayor Frank Carbone is calling “Fairfield’s own mini Centennial Park” has officially begun with the first crane arriving at Fairfield Showground on Wednesday.
The crane will work throughout the week to disassemble, remove and stockpile the fencing and lighting from around the trotting track previously used by Fairfield Harness Racing Club.
Within the month, trucks will begin delivery of 33,000 cubic metres of clean fill to the site to raise the ground level to improve drainage at the Showground.
“We have taken the first step to establish Fairfield Showground as a place to bring the community together to participate in cultural, entertainment and sporting activities,” Mayor Carbone said.
“The Showground will also host large festivals, concerts and outdoor movies. There will be something here for everybody.
“Residents can expect to see activity increase over the coming weeks and months as Council gets on with the job of turning the Showground into a significant destination for western Sydney of which Fairfield can be proud.”
The revamped Showground will include a football stadium with seating for 5000 people with upgraded lighting, a new all-weather synthetic football field for community and elite use, an AFL/cricket oval which has a big screen and stage for festivals and concerts and a community amphitheatre at the southern end of the site.
As part of the upgrade, the old grandstand (near the main grandstand) will be demolished and the covered market area reduced to the south and extended to the north to include three basketball courts. There will also be an outdoor space for the markets and amusements rides and new extended awning area for festivals.
The entrance to the markets and function centre will also get an upgrade and include more grandstand seating and possible extension to the south.
There has also been careful consideration to maintain the showground character including extending the environmental conservation from the Indigenous Flora Park and maintaining the miniature rail and Nalawala Sustainability Hub.
The master plan also includes a vision for a indoor sports and cultural centre which will be one and half times bigger than the Fairfield Youth and Community Centre.
There is also a walking track to be placed around the facility with playgrounds, cafes and off-leash dog parks to create a sense of community.
Stage one of the project which will includes transforming the harness track into a synthetic football field and new amenities building is expected to be completed in two years.