Bocce: A whole new ball game in Dillon
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DILLON -Interest is mounting in Dillon’s new bocce ball project, while contractors prep to build two courts in Dillon Town Park. Town officials OK’d an agreement with Grant Miller, Inc. Tuesday to build the bocce ball courts by July 4. Construction is expected to start any day now.
“How exciting is this?!” said Mayor Ron Holland. “It’s going to be fun.”
According to town spokeswoman Susan Fairweather, locals are already practicing their bocce skills at the park while waiting for brand-new courts, and more than 50 people have expressed interest in joining the Summit Bocce Club.
“I think its going to be a great opportunity for people of all ages to get out and play in a fun and fairly unstructured way,” said a Dillon parks and rec committee member Sheila Gerbarg. “It’s a wonderful way to be outdoors and playing in our great summers.”
Gerbarg and Rick Giamanc were both appointed to the parks and rec committee last year with hopes to add bocce ball to Dillon’s summer activity offerings.
“Town Council thought is was a good use of town park land, and it will be open to public for open play,” Fairweather said.
While both courts will be available to the public at no charge, the town’s Summit Bocce Club will be a paid league where teams of four complete against each other for a winning title through elimination. Fairweather said the club will be run like a softball league, and teams of four and individuals wishing to be placed on a team can sign up.
“It’s coming along great,” Giamanc said.
The town will also be holding an informational bocce club meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Dillon Town Hall. The gathering is open to all Summit County residents wishing to find out more about the club’s organized play, tournaments and more. Sign up sheets will be distributed at the meeting, and regulation sets of bocce balls can be ordered. Tournament play will be for adults only.
Bocce sets will also be available for rent from Lake Dillon Liquors across the street from the new courts.
“It’s our hope to have our first bocce tournament on July 4,” Fairweather said. “It will be open to the public. Everyone will be able to play. It’s not league play. Demonstrations will also be given at Town Park in the grass.”
Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at email@example.com.
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