Lawn Sports Including Bowling & Croquet Greens: W69Season: May 1 to November 7 •
Hours: 8:00am to dusk •
Requirements: Permits Needed
Fee: $30 •
Where: Permits can be obtained in Room 1 (basement) at the Arsenal. Office hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday, and Saturday 9:00am to 12pm (Saturday hours are valid for April, May and June only) •
Standing just north of the Sheep Meadow are two impeccably maintained green lawns that are utilized solely for the civilized old British sports of lawn bowling in one field and croquet in the other. These lush green 15,000 sq.ft. fields of trimmed grass reside on a slight incline enclosed by a fence.
When the New York Lawn Bowling Club was founded in 1926, these greens were built to house the sport. During the warmer months, men and women can be found all dressed from head to toe in white as they quietly take their aim. Lawn bowlers can be seen rolling their black balls, actually called bowls across the grass, while croquet players use their mallets to strike balls through wickets.
People interested in lawn bowling can join either the New York Lawn Bowling Club (212) 787-1335 or the Metropolitan Lawn Bowling Club of New York (212) 799-5151.
If croquet suits your fancy, contact the New York Croquet Club at (212) 369-2945.