Five Points Plaza celebrates one-year anniversary

Five Points Plaza celebrated its first anniversary on Saturday with music, roller skating, and dancing.

The $5.5 million plaza was built as a public space to host events and gatherings for West End residents. The plaza includes an amphitheater, water splash pad, public Wi-Fi, swings, tables and chairs, artwork and signage, solar-lighting brick pavers and a decorative wall.

Since its opening in March of last year, Five Points Plaza has hosted about 25 events, from movie nights to 5K runs, according to event planner Jessica Macks. 

Rollin CLT at Five Points Plaza’s first-anniversary celebration. (Photo: Amanda Harry/QCity Metro)

Macks attended Johnson C. Smith University and can recall when the Five Points Plaza was just a vacant lot. As the sole event planner, she told QCity Metro that her goal is to “create awareness of the space.” 

Engineering Services Division Manager Veronica Wallace, who grew up in the West End, was involved in planning the Five Points Plaza venue. 

“I’m just really proud, having grown up off of Beatties Ford Road, to see how we have been able to sustain our area, not just with the housing market but also with the spaces that, at one time, people didn’t feel comfortable being in,” Wallace told QCity Metro. 

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