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Earlier this week Fairwater residents joined the Frasers Property Development Team and Mayor Tony Bleasdale celebrated the beginning of construction of the community’s new Central Park, with an indigenous smoking ceremony from Darug Elder, Uncle Lex, a water blessing from Aunties Jenny, Daisy and Margaret and the burial of a time capsule marking the grand occasion.
Fairwater’s Central Park is due to open mid-2020 and will be a central hub for residents with space to play ball games, picnic shelters, a children’s playground and outdoor fitness stations. The park will also feature a series of sculptures where local residents were involved in shaping their design, a boardwalk over wetlands, walking paths and bike tracks.
As part of the ground-breaking ceremony, residents buried a time capsule filled with items that are dear to them. In the time capsule, to be opened in 2049, was the Fairwater community cookbook, letters, drawings and photos from residents, a signed construction helmet from the site team and a collection of photos from Fairwater community events.
Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale said Central Park will be a wonderful asset for Blacktown.
“The open spaces of Central Park will provide a physical reminder of Fairwater’s golf course heritage. The parklands will be a place where families and friends can relax, exercise and enjoy the natural surroundings. Frasers Property is to be congratulated for incorporating Central Park into the Fairwater development and for involving the Fairwater community in much of the design work,” Mayor Bleasdale said.
Thank you to those who attended the ground breaking ceremony, it’s great to see how connected and passionate the community is here at Fairwater.