Halcro Street Community Garden
Queensland | Regional
The park is immediately adjacent to, and was developed in conjunction with the refurbishment of the old Clipsal ‘Plant 4’ factory building – now incorporating a small supermarket, cafes, bar, markets (bi-weekly), specialist stores, and event spaces. Bowden Park is in contrast to the redevelopment’s reuse of the remaining industrial buildings and an attractive destination for the surrounding community.
Formally a factory site, Bowden has been transformed into a new urban residential and mixed-use precinct, integrating good quality public open space. The total size of the park is 5,800 square metres. Designed to draw people through and encourage them to linger, Bowden Park is a place of relaxation, social connection and recreation. A fringe of gardens surrounding the central event lawns saturate the site with life. This access to public open space allows residents and visitors to reconnect with nature, undertake physical activity, or simply relax outdoors.
A series of connected pathways invites people in from all directions, adding to the walkability of the site and providing scootering, or skating opportunities around the park. Bins, water fountains, bike parking and cycle repair are all provided encouraging active transport and longer stays. In addition, a long shelter with picnic and barbeque areas, and a small play area with water jets is popular with families; with surveillance over this play space possible from café seating. As the trees grow in the park even more shade will be provided. The adjacent Plant 4 building provides further shaded seating, accessible toilets, baby change and other amenities.
The planting of the street trees in residential areas was one of the initial changes made during the development of Bowden. This has resulted in a green and comfortable streetscape which encourages walking in the warmer months. As part of achieving a 6 Start Green Star rating for the Bowden community, there is a signage project underway, with directional, active living and historical interpretive signs explaining the stories of the community, sharing the benefits of active transport and providing tips for better health.
Bowden Park is an example of how thoughtful and considered design can connect people by enhancing the social and recreational fabric of the city. Bowden provides an authentic destination within an establishing community.
"The great thing about Bowden is that when you design for people and you have medium-density housing that has lots of amenities and a walkable neighbourhood, you’re also designing for the health and economy of the businesses surrounding it.” – Tuesday Udell, Heart Foundation