Community Hub Not Just A Bowling Club

by Kaitlin Tyrrell

4 years ago the Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club was on the verge of closing, today it is the home of Street Roller Hockey League, Perth Bike Polo, and soon a new 3×3 basketball competition.  It hosts the Bayswater Bridge Club, a community garden, regular community events and private functions. Weekly pasta and burger nights are held Wednesdays and Fridays. Sunday Sessions Live at the BBRC is a new addition to a already full list of community initiatives in partnership with Baysie Rollers community group.

The Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club would have gone the way of others if they didn’t have the courage to take on the chance of youth and diversification. The club is now open six nights a week, is self-sustaining and has multiple generations making use of what is now truly a community hub.

In opening up their club, Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club not only provided a home a new sport for the Street Roller Hockey League, but revitalised their own club. This club is a great example of a success story in that they adapted in order to survive and took a risk that ultimately payed off and created a great community environment.

The bowling club is booming, precisely because it is no longer just a bowling club.