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    Launching the Centennial Park 125th Anniversary Program

Launching 125th

Late last week we publicly launched the Centennial Park 125th Anniversary Program with an event at Centennial Parklands Dining.

Attended by around 150 people, we unveiled the logo, gave a sneak peek of the program ahead, made a number of announcements and let each guest take home a little piece of Centennial Park!

 

So, why are we celebrating this milestone?

Two recent articles in the Sydney Morning Herald (here and here) provided some context as to why we are celebrating this milestone.

Centennial Park is a key community asset. We not only want to celebrate its 125th anniversary, but we want the Park to be here for the community to enjoy for (at least!) 125 more years. That’s our goal – a sustainable Parklands. We can create this, but we need your help.

Over coming weeks, and throughout next year, we will be showcasing all things Centennial Park, and how Centennial Parklands as a whole (Centennial Parklands = Centennial Park, Moore Park and Queens Park) is a vital part of our global city.

 

Join us

We welcome you to join us on this adventure.

What you can do now is visit our Centennial Park 125th Anniversary website and enter your email address. The website formally launches live to the world on 1 December, however by visiting now you can join our newsletter list and be one of the first to hear about the 125th Anniversary celebrations.

As always, you can join us on Facebook or Twitter (and we’ll shortly be launching an iPhone app).

 

Back to the launch event

At the event we made a few announcements, and there were a number of sneak previews. Below are a few event photos (and a few intriguing teasers – I wonder what they could mean?).

 

A Light Tree - the first insight into January's "The Light Garden". Find out what that is between 18-27 January 2013.

A Light Tree – the first insight into January’s “The Light Garden”. Find out what that is between 18-27 January 2013.

 

Alex Retief wines were donated for the event - perhaps to celebrate the first 125th legacy project that has already started at Paddington Gates?

Alex Retief wines were donated for the event – perhaps to celebrate the first 125th legacy project that has already started at Paddington Gates?

 

Corrina Bonshek and Sue Newsome - Corrina composed a piece of music based on bird song in Centennial Park

Corrina Bonshek and Sue Newsome – Corrina composed a piece of music based on bird song in Centennial Park…

 

...and Sue played it for the first time ever on clarinet! We'll claim this as our very own "world first"!

…and Sue played it for the first time ever on clarinet! We’ll claim this as our very own “world first”!

 

Flavours of Spain provided some stunning food - we have our special food and wine event returning bigger and better than ever in March!

Flavours of Spain provided some stunning food – we have our own special food and wine event returning bigger and better than ever in March!

 

Our Chairman, John Walker, addressed the guests with a great speech about the Park - and foreshadowed a number of projects...perhaps even a garden for children? Wonder what that could be? Find out in early 2013.

Our Chairman, John Walker’s speech touched on the history and significance of Centennial Park – he made a few announcements including a ‘garden for children’? Wonder what that could be? Find out in early 2013.

 

Guests enjoying the speeches - particularly about the Centennial Park Master Plan that will begin development shortly. OK, maybe the part about a Master Plan didn't quite get this reaction, but it's a great project!

Guests enjoying the speeches – particularly about the Centennial Park Master Plan that will begin development in 2013. OK, maybe the part about a Master Plan didn’t quite get this reaction, but it’s a great project coming up!

 

Our CEO, Kim Ellis, chatting with guests - perhaps he was chatting about not one, not two, but three big new events coming our way! What are they? Sorry, we'll reveal that in early 2013.

Our CEO, Kim Ellis, chatting with guests – perhaps he was chatting about not one, not two, but three big new events coming our way! What are they? Sorry, we’ll reveal that in early 2013.

 

Outside the furniture lit up...

Outside the furniture lit up…

 

...while inside the food lit up the guests!

…while inside the food lit up the guests!

 

How can we go past our fantastic 'cupcake cake tree'! But what type of tree will be have to celebrate Centennial Park's anniversary on 26 January 2013?

How can we go past our fantastic ‘anniversary cupcake tree’! A tree will feature when we celebrate Centennial Park’s anniversary on 26 January 2013 – but which one and where?

 

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In order to launch the Centennial Park 125th Anniversary Program, we called upon some help from a few friends we’d like to acknowledge. Each of these friends went well above the beyond to kick us off in style:

 

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