How do I mark off bowling alleys? That's something people would want to search for, but there doesn't seem to be a category for it and many bowling alleys don't have names that would show up in a search for bowling, alley, lanes, etc.

asked 01 Jan '15, 13:12

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The general tag is leisure=bowling_alley. You should also tag it with sport=10-pin for US style 10 pin bowls, or sport=9-pin for various different European styles (English skittles, Kegelsport). You can browse places mapped with this tag here. (It may be that many bowling alleys are tagged with leisure=sports_centre, but the more specific tag is to be preferred).

At least in Europe facilities range from large standalone places with 10s of lanes, through small places with perhaps only 8-12 lanes, and then down to single bowling alleys located in pubs. One of the larger ones in Zurich is located in the basement of an Italian restaurant.

I dont think that other forms of bowls (petanque, crown-green bowls etc) in indoor centres are tagged with this tag.

It does not look as if anyone is tagging details of number of lanes etc, but this could be done, something like bowling_alley:lanes=## would be a reasonably clear way of doing this.

Don't forget that many bowling alleys may offer other facilities, such as a bar or restaurant. These can be mapped too.

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answered 01 Jan '15, 16:18

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Oh, tags! I was trying to change the category from Commercial Building to Bowling Alley, like you would for Supermarket or anything else. Doesn't seem to be a way to search for bowling alleys, but that appears to be a limit of the website and not apps that use the dataset. Thanks!

(01 Jan '15, 16:23) BonzaiThePen...

Best way is use overpass, there are getting on for 8000 places tagged with sport=10pin

(01 Jan '15, 16:34) SK53 ♦

And you could ask for "Bowling Alley" to be added to the Nominatim Special Phrases. See

(01 Jan '15, 16:35) SK53 ♦
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