Augusta is a city that is steeped in history and French culture. So the next time you take a stroll down to Mill Park in Augusta you might notice a new metal posted next to the the Pétanque Courts.

What courts you say? Pétanque. The most interesting game that no one has ever heard of says Mill Park Pétanque Club.

A simply game that is mostly played in French speaking countries. Pétanque is a relatively simplistic game that involves a crushed stone court, 3 Balls or bouls if you are playing one on one, and a "jack" a smaller, brighter ball sometimes made of wood that is the mark that you try to get close to while taking turns to throw all three of your bouls.

No how did such a unique game fins itself in Mill Park here in Augusta?

Great question, it all stemmed from a local resident that raised $50,000 to build Pétanque courts at Mill Park. The Pétanque dream has been growing ever since at Mill Park, and now has multiple courts, lighting, benches, and even a shelter to get some shade.

According to centralmaine.com you will find players enjoying this little known sport on most day of the week. Being an easy to learn game that only requires a few items, it's something that anyone, any age can play, even people in wheelchairs.

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The Pétanque courts in Augusta are some of the best in the country!

If you would like to try your hand at Pétanque, stop by. Players meet at the courts at 9am everyday, except Tuesday when they meet at 4pm. There are always some players that have some extra bouls if you would like to learn.

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