Surrey Lawn Bowling Club Debuts New Artificial Turf

(Photo: Surrey Lawn Bowling Club)


by  Samantha Anderson - Cloverdale Reporter

The rainy weather on Saturday morning (May 6) wasn’t enough to put a damper on the festivities at Clayton Park, where the Surrey Lawn Bowling Club held the grand opening of their new, all-weather artificial turf field.

The clubhouse was filled with members, delegates from neighbouring bowling clubs and representatives from the City of Surrey for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and the opening bowl of the club’s 2017 season.

The clubhouse and field have been much transformed in recent years, with the help of municipal, provincial and federal levels of government.

In 2014, the club renovated the clubhouse kitchen and installed shelters along the turf field with $40,000 in provincial and federal grants, according to Carolyn Wheeler, club vice president.

The artificial turf installation, funded by the City of Surrey, was the latest improvement, but it wasn’t without its share of complications and setbacks.

It’s been about seven years since the club first approached the City of Surrey about getting a new artificial surface, said club president Andy Kroontje.

Because of the colder weather, parts of the turf were only temporarily stretched, which is why bowlers may notice wrinkles in the ground in the southern corner of the field.

The final stretch will happen this summer, hopefully in June, said Kroontje.

“The schedule for our 2017/2018 season is going to be a full one,” he said. “The artificial surface means we can bowl rain or shine.”

The Surrey Lawn Bowling Club currently has around 65 members and 10 affiliate members, but they’re always looking for more people to join. For more information on playing with the club, visit or email

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As Reported By: Cloverdale Reporter
Posted On: May 6, 2017
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