Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ann Arbor Petanque

Saturday I drove out to Ann Arbor to see Howard Ando and Jane Wilkinson's new petanque courts at Burns Park. In a word: SPLENDID.

The new petanque courts are situated in a very picturesque spot, close to a grove of trees - and very close to a clubhouse with lavatory facilities. Parking couldn't be easier - adjacent to the court! The courts are bordered with 6 x 6 train ties set deep (almost flush) into the ground with a bevel at the edges to allow for easy wheel chair access.

Saturday was the official introduction of the courts to the world - during the festive Picnic in the Park day. Along with our hosts Howard and Jane were Joe Zajac & Denise from the Michigan Petanque Club along with Ian; Bob (North Carolina); Michel & Jeannete; George & Linda L.; Dan C.; Larry; Frank; Esther (and her dog, River); Hal; Bridgitte; and plenty of others for many rounds of boule playing. Some of the players were new to the sport but they were welcomed right into the game after a brief lesson.

Howard and Jane have set up a tentative schedule:

Sunday, August 30th (starting at 3 pm)
Wednesday, September 2nd (starting at 6:30 pm)
Sunday, September 6th (starting at 3 pm)
Wednesday, September 9th (starting at 6:30 pm)
Sunday, September 13th (starting at 3 pm)
Sunday, October 11th (starting at 3 pm)
Sunday, October 18th (starting at 3 pm)
Sunday, October 25 (starting at 3 pm)

They have many sets of boules for you to borrow (if you don't have your own or bring friends without boules).

COURT LOCATION: 1320 Baldwin Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Howard & Jane: (734) 482-7476


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