A History of Santiago Park


By Frank Moltane

The Santa Ana Lawn Bowling Club in Santiago Park has been delighting lawn bowlers for almost 85 years since it opened in 1938. President Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration(WPA) an ambitious employment infrastructure program in 1935, during the bleakest years of the Great Depression. Over it's eight years of existence, the WPA put roughly 8.5 million Americans to work. Some of the best known local projects include the Fountain at the Hollywood Bowl, the Astronomer's Monument at Griffith Observatory, and in sculptures + murals at the Old Globe theater and Starlight Bowl in San Diego's Balboa Park.

At its height in late 1938, more than 3.3 million Americans worked for the WPA. That's the same year that the WPA reconstructed the Santiago Creek bed and built the Lawn Bowling Center under Santa Ana park manager Dale Griggs. That summer the first lawn bowl was rolled. Popularity of the sport created a need for the second 'green', which was constructed in 1952.  In 1954 a structure was acquired from the Army airbase in Costa Mesa that served as the Clubhouse for 34 years.  The current facility was dedicated on January 26, 1991.



Lawn bowling, also called bowls, is an outdoor game in which a ball (known as a bowl) is rolled toward a smaller stationary ball, called a jack. The object is to roll one's bowls so that they come to rest nearer to the jack than those of an opponent; this is sometimes achieved by knocking aside an opponent's bowl or the jack. Lawn bowling is a game for all ages and levels of ability. "You can learn to play in an hour," says Charlyn Moltane, president of the Santa Ana Lawn Bowling Club. "Having a facility here in Santa Ana is an advantage for our residents. It's a great activity for all ages and we invite you to come and enjoy lawn bowling in this beautiful, secluded park."

The Santa Ana Lawn Bowling Club is holding an open house on Saturday, May 11th from 9AM to 12PM. This is the perfect time to become acquainted with the sport with free lessons and access to equipment and coaches. "So come to Santiago Park and take a lesson," added Moltane, "watch us play, be amazed that this great activity is so close by and waiting for you to enjoy!"

For additional information, go to Santaanalawnbowling.com

How to Reserve the Gas house + Amphitheater


The Gashouse, Picnic areas and the Amphitheater are available to rent through the City of Santa Ana.


Santiago Park happenings

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Every Saturday 9AM

-Megan's Body Weight Boot Camp

Join Megan, an avid Work-Out Buff and Park Santiago resident as she leads us on a varied Body Weight Boot Camp. Every Saturday morning at 9AM, right next to the Playground in the Oak Grove Grass Area. The Music and the Energy will get your Weekend started off Right!

All Fitness Levels Welcome.

Check Back Here For A Date

— Santiago Creek Litter Clean-Up

Check back here for a Date!  We do these 4 times a year and would love volunteer help from the Community.

Bags and gloves will be provided.

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Every Sunday 2PM

— Pickleball Sunday

Come and check out the fastest growing sport all over the world!  Join in the fun, healthy, recreational activity and hon your pickleball skills.

Every Sunday 2PM at the Santiago Park Courts.

From Beginners to Advanced, all levels welcome!

Roll with lawnbowling #outdoorfun
Saturday 10AM + Tuesday 1:30PM

— Lawn Bowling

The Lawn Bowlers meet twice a week on Tuesdays at 1:30PM and Saturdays at 10AM. 


For more Info: santaanalawnbowling.com

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