The Light Garden in Centennial Park – the key event to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Centennial Park – surpassed our optimistic expectations, and was enjoyed by around 29,000 people.
Let’s take a quick look back at 10 magic evenings!
A tough start…
What a start! A 45 degree day, followed by gale force winds at night! Despite the ‘weather gods’ throwing down a challenge, 1,200 people came to see the start of The Light Garden.
When the lights went out on the first night, a comment was overheard from a young boy to his father: “Does this mean I have to go to bed now?”. There was such disappointment in his voice, but this was a good sign for us!
One overheard comment from a five (?) year old to his parents: “Centennial Park rocks!”.
We think so, too!
And we spread the word online…
A couple of days in we released our promotional video – more than 1,000 views in the first 24 hour seemed to indicate you loved watching it as much as we loved making it!
If you missed it, or want to watch it again…
The Light Garden itself was inspired by the formal gardens of Centennial Park, almost taking us back 80 years to a time when thousands of people would come to look at the Park’s floral displays.
The Wish Tree potentially became surprise hit if the event.
And who could forget the night we decided to herd cats…err…dogs for a ‘dog group photo’.
The aim was to get 125 dogs in one photo. How did we do?
We released our new Centennial Parklands iPhone app on the Friday, and together with our Facebook, Twitter, blog, Youtube, Flickr channels we found visitors were sharing photos, sharing experiences…sharing the fun!
We even had people from Ireland and the US tweeting us to be part of the occasion.
On Australia Day we said: “Happy Anniversary Centennial Park”!
The Park was opened on 26 January 1888. We began the evening with a tree dedication, planting a Port Jackson Fig on the spot where the first trees were planted in the Park 125 years ago. A very special guest joined us – Mr Ian Thom, great great grandson of Sir Henry Parkes.
Over ten nights we had created an event that captured the imagination of thousands, and perfectly lived up to the 125 year old nickname of Centennial Park: “the People’s Park”.
Thank you to those who were able to come and join us over the ten nights and help create such a great sense of celebration, and the countless others who enjoyed sharing the experience online.
We’ll leave you with a few faces that enjoyed the event.
And we’ll leave the last word to three banners hanging in our treetop gallery…
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