We decided to take a look at the new Bowden development yesterday. Started off with brunch in Queens St (Elizabeth St), Croydon - great cafes and some quirky shops to browse in. We then made the short trip to Bowden and started at the visitor and sales centre. Large model and interactive screens of the plans, but sadly no display village. Apparently they have sold everything off the plan so far with first owners moving in this month.
As we were walking back to the car, we walked into the community garden. As we wandered through beds full of rosemary, we suddenly saw a table tennis table. What a surprise to find a basket under it with bats and balls. We started to play and found rosemary bushes are great for trapping stray balls. While my husband and son were having a game, I wandered on to a nearby table, which had 2 chess boards on it. Once again a look underneath revealed chess pieces, I started to set them up for a game. A man and his young son sat down for a game of chess, this was a great community feeling.
Next, along came another father and son on their bikes. They stopped by us and pulled out 2 packs of new ping pong balls. "just stocking up, we noticed some were broken" he said. "I assume the basket get taken away at night" I said. "No, they stay, no-one takes them".
Nearby there is a community vegetable garden, so I went for a look. As I turned the corner I found totem tennis poles (with bats hanging on the wall), free bikes for hire and a bistro/cafe. When we were all exhausted of table tennis, we sat outside the cafe with a drink and watched the kids play totem tennis. Eventually we headed back to the car, through the garden again and noticed bbq, drinking fountain and a lovely square lawn for ball kicking. We had enjoyed a great couple of hours and even our 14yo who had been reluctant to come out with us had a great time.
Can't wait for more of this development to be completed - what a great community just 5mins from the city.