Lawn sports have a long, proud history in NYC, dating back to colonial times.
In 1626 (the same year that Peter Minuet purchased Manhattan Island), Bowling Green was laid out in lower Manhattan.
On March 9, 1733, New York City Council adopted a resolution providing for the creation of "a 'Bowling Green' for the beauty and ornament of said street (and) for the recreation and delight of the inhabitants." After the conclusion of the Colonies fight for independence and the anti-British sentiment it spawned, Bowling Green was fashioned into an oval park and the green removed.
The 20th century witnessed a revival in popularity of lawn bowling in the US and, in 1926, the New York Lawn Bowling Club was formed under the leadership of George Reid, William Crawford and Tom Lennox, officers of the Club. Two Central Park greens were completed in 1926 and 1930, located in the Mineral Springs section.
Now, nearly 100 years later, we and the Club members who have come before us, are the appreciative benefactors of this City's generosity. We welcome you to enjoy the Green and appreciate one of the world's longest played sport.