In my local park, there is a sign that guards the bowling green.
This is a bowling green for club members only. No other activities are to be undertaken on this facility. — Parks Bylaw 2004, number 14.
What you can’t see, just outside the photo, are a hundred boys and girls playing football on the field opposite. You can’t see the young family playing hide-and-seek among the Narnia of old Christmas trees awaiting collection by the council.
Whether they knew it or not, the council were sending a message: bowls isn’t for the likes of you.
But maybe that’s not so bad. After all, bowls doesn’t sound very fun — not if it’s an activity’ that’s ‘undertaken on a facility’, rather than a game people play.
Wouldn’t it have been so much better if the sign had said something like:
To make sure that everyone who wants to play gets a great game, we have to keep the bowling green in really good condition. That’s why you can’t play football or run around on it. If you want to play, or even try your first game of bowls, give us a call.