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Lawn bowlers at Lakeside Park

Bowling on the Lake Merritt green

on June 19, 2010

The Oakland lawn bowling club has been rolling on the greens at Lakeside Park for nearly a century. The game dates from 13th century England, and was played by the likes of Sir Francis Drake and Henry VIII.

In Oakland, the game’s popularity has dwindled. But every Tuesday and Thursday, loyal bowlers meet at the clubhouse, unpack their balls, and hit the greens.

Click the audio player to hear about Oakland’s lawn bowling club.

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