Pronounced ‘pay-tonk’, the game originated in Provence, not far from Marseille, in the early 1900s. The basic objective is to toss (or roll) a number of palm-sized metal balls (boules) as close as possible to a small wooden target ball (le cochonnet). Players on both teams take turns and the team that ends up closest to the target ball after all the metal balls have been played, wins.


Every Sunday from 11am until about 2pm or 3pm (weather permitting) at Clark Park (43th & Baltimore Ave). If you can’t be there the whole time, no problem; feel free to come late and/or leave early.


Group's foundation

Created by one of our student, Bill Craig, with West Philly residents Delphine Dahan and Matt Pagett, the first of its kind in the city.

Easy to learn

The rules are simple and there are no special skills required. If you are new to the game or a little rusty, feel free to join us promptly at 11am for a quick beginner lesson.

A social meeting

Played in a leisurely or competitively way, pétanque naturally brings people together and one tends to make new friends & acquaintances in the process.


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Pétanque, Pagnol et Philadelphie - France Amérique

Pétanque - Friends of Clark Park

Alliance Française de Philadelphie
1420 Walnut Street, Suite 700 Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 735-5283
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