Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr John Chedid, and the men who helped reinvigorate New York and New Orleans, this morning announced a major project to transform Church Street Mall, the gateway to the future Parramatta Square.
Cr Chedid made the announcement with members of his Urban Activation Committee and internationally-renowned place making experts Ethan Kent, who is well known for his work on Times Square and Professor Ed Blakely, who helped rebuild New Orleans after the Hurricane Katrina.
“Council will transform Church Street Mall, currently the most prominent public space in our City, into an active and vibrant space that attracts residents, workers, visitors and business,” Cr Chedid said.
“This project will involve re-shaping the space, relocating the playground, adding water features, improving the lighting and connecting the space to the Town Hall and the future Parramatta Square.
“We have already started trialling new attractions and activities to see how we can make the space work better. The Farmers’ Markets and our Winterlight event are a good start in bringing more people to this part of the City, and we are working on plans to attract visitors throughout the day and evenings.
“We are starting work on the design of the Church Street Mall project straight away, with the aim of delivering a revitalised space to the community by June 2014.
“We’re honoured to have such high-profile international experts be part of this project and the Urban Activation Committee.” Cr Chedid said.
As part of the project, Council will be going out to the community to seek their views and feedback on what they want for their public spaces in the city.
“These places will belong to the people, so it’s important that we ask them what they want for Church Street Mall, Parramatta Square and the River. We’ll be engaging the community through an online portal and displays in all our libraries,” Cr Chedid said.
The Lord Mayor will co-chair, with Professor Blakely, the Urban Activation Committee which includes Deputy Lord Mayor, Cr Steven Issa and Councillors, Abood, Elmore, Lloyd, Makari and Shaw.
This Committee will guide the implementation of a revitalised Church Street Mall, the creation of Parramatta Square and improvements along the Parramatta River.
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