Are you ready for a new sporting experience?

Do you enjoy being outdoors in a social and competitive environment?

Then it’s time you tried PETANQUE

Pétanque, pronounced “pay-tonk”, one of Europe’s most popular outdoor games, is a cousin of horseshoes, shuffleboard and of the Italian bowling game called ‘bocce’.

The aim is to toss or roll metal balls (“boules”) as close as possible to a small wooden target ball, called “cochonnet” (French for “piglet”). Players take turns and the team that ends up nearest to the target ball when all balls are played wins the round.

No special skill is required, all ages and physical abilities can play, and the equipment is inexpensive. Pétanque is simple, relaxing, lots of fun, and a great way to make new friends.

What:     Pétanque Open House – Instruction and games

When:    Saturday, May 17 from 11 to 3 PM

Who:      Anyone

Where: Chimborazo Playground, at East Grace and 29th St.  in beautiful Church Hill.

Sponsor: Les Boulefrogs of Church Hill Pétanque Club

Local contact:

More information:



Boulefrogs worked on Nov. 3 to clean up the planting beds surrounding the central plaza of the playground. It’s up to those of us who use the playground to keep things looking nice, since the city isn’t responsible for things like that.


Who knew there were roses among those weeds?

Who knew there were roses among those weeds?

Check out this new video promoting pétanque in America.  Click on

Pétanque in the USA video in the links list on the left at the top of the page.


Games, August 25, 2013

Will we take the point?

Games, August 25, 2013

Where’s the ball going to end up.

Games on August 25 2013

Careful aim gets you where you want to be.

Eight new petanque courts have been completed.  We are now using the courts and have lots of room for new players.  If you are wondering what petanque is all about come to Chimborazo Playground (E. Grace St and 30th St.) Sundays at 2:00 PM or Thursday at 6:00 PM all year round.


Alexandra Wunderly shows her form at the Carniball

The Can-Can dancers toss some boules.

Casey Dunaway, Mark and Karen Rankin Richard Taranto and John Whitworth at the Carniball

The group in the photo plus Alexandra and Jim Wunderly demonstrated the game of petanque at the February 25 France-themed Carniball fundraiser at the Richmond Children’s Museum.  At the formal evening affair, the guests were treated to French food, wine and music and even can-can dancers.   Many of the attendees were introduced to petanque (often confused with bocce) and showed promise as they tried their pointing skills on our improvised “court.”   Lots of good-natured competition was enjoyed by all.

We are awaiting the renovations to the new courts to that will address the drainage problems.  According to Parks and Rec, the contractor is in the permiting process and work will commence as soon as the permits are approved.  In the meantime, we will continue to play on our two “old” courts and any of the new ones that are playable.

On February 14, 2011 Parks and Rec began removing the blacktop in the playground.  With good weather forecast for the next week the work should progress quickly.  The old courts are not affected except that there is no standing room on the west side of court #1.  Watch this space for photos of the progress.

Day 1 Photos:

Day 3 – February 16.  The plaza/petanque court area is moving ahead with spreading of 7 inches of stone dust.

Feb. 19 – Part one complete – laying 7 to 8 inches of stone dust for the playground central plaza and petanque courts.  Next up - installing the borders for the courts.


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