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Bocce Court Coming to South Reston?

Proposed court would be at Cabots Point Recreation Area.

The Reston Association has proposed a bocce court at Cabots Point Recreation Area. (Photo by Alex McVeigh)
The Reston Association has proposed a bocce court at Cabots Point Recreation Area. (Photo by Alex McVeigh)
The Reston Association Board of Directors approved a motion to pursue creation of a Bocce court at the Cabots Point Recreation area. 

Bocce, a popular sport in Italy and parts of the Balkans, is played on a natural-surface court and can be played by individuals or teams. 

The idea for the court came during the RA Board's budget preparations, when a member suggested it would be a low-cost way to add additional recreation facilities. 

The Cabots Point Recreation area is within walking distance to South Lakes Village Center, has available parking and an existing tot lot, and the board believes the bocce court can be added with minimal disruption to the grassy areas and other open space. 

The 12 foot by 60 foot court would be located at the western end of the park, and have a stone dust or oyster flour (finely ground oyster shells) surface. Benches and a picnic table could also be added, according to the plan. 

The project, estimated to cost about $2,500 would be funded by the Friends of Reston. The RA's portion of the cost would be staff time for site planning and preparation assistance, as well as ongoing maintenance needs as they arise. 

The project must be approved by both RA staff and the Design Review Board. 


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Private Person December 17, 2013 at 09:31 AM
Yet another unneeded and unwanted "amenity." Are we now positioning Reston to attract Italians and Banlkans? Fix the busted suff, repave the heaved and broken pathways (many of which are now littered with broken pine branches from the ice storms), and, of course, maintain all of those expensive "no smoking in the woods signs," including the three we saw yesterday with hate graffiti on them. We would certainly not want the rabid foxes and homeless feral cats to get cancer!
Stella McEnearny December 17, 2013 at 09:41 AM
Private Person is right-on! And better Muzak'd Liberace than building fields for bocce...
Concerned RA Member December 17, 2013 at 09:58 AM
This board can't say no to anything. Here's a list of future initiatives Buy RELAC and get into the AC business, or better yet subsidize the operation (maybe we already do). Cricket anyone? Lawn bowling courts Croquet? How about shuffleboard (gotta be a better chance for usage than bocce)? Oh, and let's put in lighting for the Bocce court and new paths and don't forget signage! Maybe a dog park and garden area next to the bocce court. Then you can walk your dog, play a little bocce and pick up some vegetables on the way home. Yet a gain another RA Board blunder made without adequate research or common sense.
John Pinkman December 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM
If you read the article carefully you will notice that the "exorbitant cost" ($2500) of this recreational project is funded by private sources. I completely support the project. It never ceases to amaze me how many people misunderstand the basic concept of the Reston Community.
Pookie December 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM
I think it's a little idealistic to assume 2,500 would fund this project over the course of 20 years? I almost pay that amount in yearly reston fees. I agree maintenance of existing parks and trails is a more immediate need than a bocce court.
Concerned RA Member December 17, 2013 at 11:38 AM
John Pinkman, you miss the point. The RABoard votes yes for almost anything that someone tees up. Is the bocce court part of an overall strategy? It appears to be a foolish incremental decision. Where is the recreation facility strategy? How does a bocce court fit in? Why did it take 40 years for this to become important. RA staff need to focus on facility maintenance and repair. Stop introducing new things that benefit less than 1% of the RAMembers.
Private Person December 17, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Missing the point is an understatement. It never ceases to amaze us the ignorance who think that a fru-fru $2500 "amenity," as expensive as that is in and of itself considering what it really is, is a one-time expense. Maintenance, marketing, support, training, advertising, and, of course, the high-priced consultants RA is often hiring to tell them the very amenities that no one wanted should be closed down (see studies about pools, indoor tennis, a 160-million dollar indoor rec and tennis center and more) is free -- all of the pools were "given" to Reston as part of the Byzantine "proffer" system used here and they are costing us dearly year after year, let alone the rebuilding costs, for the very few who use them the very few months of the year they are open. Tennis courts with lights a blazing during the ice and snow storms, for hours on end, night after after night. Pure waste.
John Pinkman December 17, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Thanks for the good chuckle -- to all of the courageous yet anonymous opinions. But I guess the season wouldn't be the same without the ba humbug and let them eat cake crowd philosophies. I'm glad I live in a town that really cares for the 1%. In this case 1% is 6000 people or children. There are plenty of issues to get righteously involved and upset about that really affect the lifestyle of our town. This is not one of them.
Burt Chai December 17, 2013 at 04:55 PM
So what are the righteous issues Mr. Pinkman?
Pookie December 17, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Practical spending is in the interest of the 99%.
Private Person December 17, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Prove that ANYONE, let alone 6000 people or children (which, FYI are people), know what Bocce is let alone want to engage in playing it. That's the good chuckle! #smh
Concerned RA Member December 17, 2013 at 05:59 PM
1% = 6000? That means 100% = 600,000 Mr. Pinkman needs to revisit his calculus! Now that's a chuckle!
Skip Endale December 17, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Home is not where you live but where they understand you.
Laura Calacci December 18, 2013 at 07:42 AM
Reston Association continues to waste our money. BOCCE? Really? I know a lot of people, but I don't know anyone who plays bocce. Will time be limited as it is on tennis courts when people are waiting? Will users pay a $15.00 fee for a card that allows them to step onto the court as swimmers and tennis players do? They should charge everyone who walks on the paths this same fee. What about a working phone? Pools were often closed this summer because the phones were not working. Someone could get hit in the head with a bocce ball and not be able to call for help. And also, they will need at least one more sign telling us we can;t smoke electronic cigarettes near the bocce court. The man hours RA will pay for in this boondoggle is not figured into the cost. Its such an outrageous abuse.
Concerned RA Member December 18, 2013 at 08:19 AM
Who's paying for the water access, hose, storage shed, tools, extra surface material, and daily maintence? Bocce Court Maintenance Guide Daily Maintenance • After play and before watering, brush the surface using a drag broom • Water the court thoroughly and uniformly to keep the court stable and to eliminate dust • Roll the surface as needed, particularly on new courts. This ensures a firmer, faster court, less granular build-up and erosion, improved moisture retention and faster drying time As Needed Maintenance Patching A bocce court will develop depressions or low areas over time in certain high play areas. These depressions/low areas will be evident because water will stand in these areas longer after watering. Running a string line over the court will also highlight low areas. These low areas will need to be patched. To patch a low area, follow these steps: Scarify the low area with a lute - this helps the new Har-Tru material to bind and adhere to the existing court Spread new Har-Tru material into the low area Level Har-Tru material with a straight-edge (ladder or flat side of a lute) Hand water and roll the low area You may need to repeat the process if the low area is particularly deep Removing "Dead" Material Daily play and watering will cause some of the larger Har-Tru granules to work themselves to the surface. These larger granules are a positive in small amounts. However, large quantities of large granules - known as "dead" material - can cause bad bounces and inhibit playability. These large granules are grayer in color and can accumulate in certain areas. To control "dead" material, simply use the flat edge of a lute to scrape the material into piles and remove from the court. Take care not to scrape into the regular court surface when removing the "dead" material. Top Dressing Bocce courts will lose material over time due to the effects of watering, wind, rain, and play - 10-12, 80 lb. bags. In order to properly maintain a bocce court, they must be top dressed on an annual basis. To top dress, follow these steps: Before top dressing, be sure the court is completely dry Scarify the entire court surface using a tow scarifier or lute Patch low areas (see above) Apply court surfacing material using a spreader ( link to spreader page on www.10-s.com ) Level the material using a straight edge, usually a ladder Hand water and roll the court Top Dressing Tips • You can either top dress using a small amount of material (1 bag per court per month) multiple times per year or top dress using a large amount of material (10-12 bags per court) once per year

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