WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL BLOG for La Pétanque Marinière in San Rafael, California. LPM has been an active Marin pétanque club since 1972 and affiliated with the Fédération of Pétanque USA, since 1975. We welcome people of all abilities, ages and nationalities to come and enjoy pétanque with us.

The Pierre Joske Courts are located on Civic Center drive in San Rafael. (click for directions). Casual games are played every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from about 1 pm. Tournament play is usually held on the second Sunday of every month.

Please consult the links on the sidebar to the right for more information on clubs in the bay area, nationally and world wide.

If you would like to play but haven't any boules, please contact our President, Christine Cragg, or Ken Lee. They can bring some for you to use, as well as introduce you to the basic skills and techniques of pétanque. In addition, if you are looking to purchase boules but are unsure as to which size and weight are right for you, we have a range of different examples from which to choose.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Kentfield Welcomes Pétanque to Creekside Park

Creekside Park in Kentfield, across from Marin General Hospital on Bon Air Road, has recently undergone a major face lift. The most notable addition for those in the pétanque community is an informal playing area amongst oak and other trees, with picnic tables, comfortable benches and water fountains.

The renovated park will retain the same general configuration; however a number of exciting upgrades have been incorporated into the new design, including:

  • An expanded playground with wonderful opportunities for creative play—an innovative climbing wall, a climbing net, and a sand and water play area, together with traditional swings and slides, will challenge and thrill kids of all ages.
  • A marsh overlook with stunning views of Creekside Marsh and Mount Tamalpais.
  • A redesigned amphitheater which will allow “theater-in-the-round” presentations to local school-age children.
  • Expanded picnic sites. A healing garden, with herbs and perennials that have healing qualities that have been used for medicinal purposes.
  • An informal area for pétanque or other similar games.
  • Improved access throughout the park.
The park will officially open on Saturday June 18th. There will be pétanque games/demonstrations, so bring your boules and a picnic and enjoy this new gem of a park.

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