Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club

About The Club

Background


  • Location Map
  • Facilities
  • History
  • Facility Rental

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club (Calgary) is located in beautiful Stanley Park between Elbow Drive and Macleod Trail on 42 Ave. S.W. (350-42 Avenue S.W.). You will find plenty of free parking a short distance from the green.

location map

The video at left shows various aspects of our upgraded facility. Click on the controls to pause or resume the video.  

The 2013 Calgary area flooding caused considerable damage to the SPLBC facilities. We are pleased to say re-construction of the clubhouse is now complete with brand new locker rooms, social centre, washrooms, patio with overhead gas heaters, full kitchen and ample equipment storage.

Lighting for the green allows for after dark play.

The original Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club was established some time in the late 1970's. The original bowling green was replaced by a hydroponic green, which, as far as we know, is unique in Canada. This Club became defunct sometime in the early 1980s.

In 1985 and 1986 Margaret Wark brought 12-15 drop-ins from the Family Leisure Centre to try the game. Subsequently, the City approached her to form a lawn bowling club, otherwise they were going to remove the green. In October 1986 the present club was formed with 34 members. Membership fees were $20, and drop in fees were $1.50. One of the original members (Greta Schaffer) is still active in the club.

In 1987, the City closed Richmond Green and their bowlers, principally from the Good Companions Seniors, joined Stanley Park resulting in our membership doubling.

City Parks and Recreation were originally responsible for the care and maintenance of the green, but in 1987, the club assumed this responsibility under the direction of club member Mel Pickering. Funds were raised through teas and jitneys, raffles, bake sales and an annual City tournament co-hosted by the City.

Through matching grants from the City, Provincial and Federal Governments, the club installed a sprinkler system, new backboards, a kitchen and equipment, a Scott Bonnar mower as well as a new roof for the Pavilion. Parks and Recreation gradually opted out of any participation with the club and by 1994 we were operating independently.

The club joined Lawn Bowls Alberta in 1994 and, with lots of prodding from Betty Selby, members began to enter Provincial Tournaments, culminating in the Ladies Four winning the Provincial Playdown in 2004.

The membership is now approximately 100.

The Stanley Park Lawn bowling facility is available for rent. Corporate groups often hold events for team building; private parties celebrate birthdays or anniversaries; and some groups casually get together to try the sport.

Most sessions are booked for approximately 3 to 4 hours, usually in late afternoon or early evening. All equipment is supplied. Club coaches are present to give mini lessons and help monitor the game.

Please note: All Participants MUST wear flat soled shoes.

The facility contains a full kitchen, washrooms, covered patio and social center for your relaxation and enjoyment. Food and beverages are the responsibility of the group; however, a BBQ is available for use if requested.

Advance booking is required. If you are interested in arranging a rental or if you have further questions, please send us an email using the "Contact Us" page on this web site. A copy of the facility rental agreement is available by clicking on the the following link: agreement.