Eight hundred lanterns in Eastwood Plaza in Ryde Lights initiative

The City of Ryde’s illuminating ‘Ryde Lights’ initiative has been launched at Eastwood Night Markets as part of the Lunar New Year Celebrations and an overarching plan to boost the city’s night time economy.

Mayor Jerome Laxale said the display lit up Eastwood Plaza at sunset with a special Lunar New Year installation that includes 800 illuminated red lanterns.

“Ryde Lights is a key component of Council’s Night Time Economy Action Plan and is designed to enhance the night time economy in the City of Ryde through the installation of creative lighting displays throughout the community,” Mayor Laxale said.

“The City of Ryde is determined to do more to enhance the night time economy throughout the community.

“Vibrant night time activities can enhance economic growth, create jobs and build community cohesion.

“Initiatives such as Ryde Lights are only the first stage of the Night Time Economy Action Plan, with Council keen to pursue policies that will make it easier for local businesses to become involved in the night time economy.”

The lighting installed at Eastwood Plaza is the latest phase of the initiative with the first phase unveiled in Trim Place at Gladesville in December last year.

More attractions are planned for ANZAC Park in West Ryde during April’s Cinema in the Park series and Meadowbank Wharf by the middle of the year.

“The Ryde Lights initiative is a direct response to the community’s clear desire for creative lighting to be installed as a way of activating spaces at night,” the Mayor said.

In a continuation of the Lunar New Year celebrations, Mayor Laxale flicked the switch on the Eastwood Plaza lights on Saturday night following a classic countdown.

“You have to go down and check it out (and have a lovely meal while you’re at it),” he said on his Facebook Page.