AUSTIN BOCCE LEAGUE GETS 501(c)(3) STATUS!

Austin Boccce League is now a tax-exempt organization thanks to the efforts of Board Member, Beverly Straub CPA. This means that donations are tax exempt and should help our progress immensely.

Givens Master Plan Public meeting on July 14th at 10am

This is the first Master Plan meeting which will be held at the Pavilion at Givens Park. This will be the time to voice support for bocce ball courts and placement. This could be a great spot and you perhaps know how difficult it can be to get the balls rolling in Austin - even with the support of PARD and others. Here is my suggested site plan. If we make a concerted effort - we have a very good chance here. There is good parking, a Rec Center to check balls out from; and lights are allowed. Thank you Director, George Freeman Jr. for keeping us in the loop.

We submitted a grant proposal to WeWork for their Creator Awards. It's a very interesting and motivated company that does good things. The Regional selection was in Austin in late June. While we weren't selected, it gave us a good chance to start honing in on the costs and specific methods and sites to work with.

It also gave us a chance to speak philosophically about the benefits of getting out of the house and into the fresh air with friends and family. Imagine... LIVE social interaction without the use of a digital device... in person even.

We proposed "LAUNCHING AUSTIN BOCCE" by building four Bocce Centers in
Austin Parks. Two 4-court sites and two 3-court sites. All with lights, storage, tables, umbrellas and shade of sorts. Pétanque players can use the same surface courts.

Cost: $173,220

I think we can stretch this budget by 20-30% with the help of local vendors, Austin's energetic volunteer base, and the City Parks and Recreation Department. This could
enable us to build two additional "basic" sites.

To view the 5-page pdf PROPOSAL, click here. Watch the 90 sec VIDEO below.

 

I’ve recently moved back to Austin after many years in Napa Valley. While I was there, I discovered bocce. Bocce is an amazing sport that provides heathy interaction and competition for all ages. It has a great balance of luck and skill such that everybody gets the occasional great shot. I especially love it when little old ladies beat the big truck drivers. I got my start in the St. Helena Bocce Leagues where almost one out of every four people play on a team. The standings are posted in the local paper each week. The shared food and wines were legendary. These pictures are from Juilliard Park in Santa Rosa. That's me throwing out the 2nd ball back in 2009. Still going strong and likely to continue forever.

My vision is about a dozen sites in Austin's city parks with three-four courts each and a central bocce pavilion with maybe 8 courts which is also the home of the US Bocce Open! Very fun for all. I think we can rally the citizenry and local businesses to raise the necessary funds. Bocce courts are not very expensive. The Austin Bocce League would coordinate the players, teams, league and tournaments. Costs probably $30-40 for a 10-week season. Teams are 6-12 people. We’d have workshops to teach the game and also sponsor people that couldn’t pay the fee. We need your energy and input to make this happen.

If you'd like to play on a team, or help get some courts built - please take our Austin Bocce Survey to help us plan and keep you in the loop. It's likely that Triangle Park (shown below) will be our first League play site. You can check out a set of balls from nearby Mandola's Italian Restaurant. Here's a good video that explains the game and how it can all change so fast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3slD-qDIW8

To be clear - while we're getting support and encouragement from City Council and Parks and Recreation, none of these designs are endorsed or approved at this point. All will require citizen input and involvement. Austin has the potential to have the largest bocce league in the country... if you want it!
Here are some ideas. See you in Court! Robert Battaile, Commissioner • battaile@calexas.com • 512-662-2955


For our future courts, I'd like to suggest a "Five-in-One" design with a movable back wall that can be configured for 90' - 76' - 60' Bocce Courts or two 45' Petanque Courts. 90' is the international standard size. Petanque is a French version that uses smaller metal balls.

Five-in-One Bocce Court Design

 


COMAL PARK - Master Plan getting input now - Bocce League's court suggestion - Next Community Mtg happening soon.

Learn more and take the Survey Questionnaire here

 


BAILEY PARK in Central West Austin has excellent potential with parking and existing lights.


BULL CREEK PARK on the Northwest Side. Perhaps re-purposing the Volleyball Court is an option...?

Would this be epic? Dream on Robert.


Givens Park and Recreation Center


 

How about PEASE PARK at GASTON GREEN? I remember the first Eeyore's Party and I hadn't even heard of bocce.


BACKGROUND: When I moved briefly to Santa Rosa, I discovered four courts that had been there for 20 years yet they’d never had a league. Thus, I felt compelled to start the Santa Rosa Bocce League which has since morphed into Sonoma County Bocce Club (sonomacountybocce.org) with 450 members playing on five courts five nights a week. Many of these players have become lifelong friends and are still very involved in running the league.

After the wife, myself and our dozen parrots were evacuated during the Valley Fire in northern California and I was organizing a community chorus to produce a benefit music video for the First Responders (valleyfiresong.org), I realized how good it would be for the community to have a bocce league there for networking and rebuilding. We’re waiting to hear back from the State about a site in Trailside Park which Lake County suggested, but the energy and resources to get the courts built are abundant. (middletownbocce.org) So... I’ve seen first-hand how much fun people can have playing bocce.


Bocce at the Grove... I thought this was a nice idea, but alas - we came into the Master Plan process too late, and this is a "Developer Park" with its own agenda.

more info: http://austintexas.gov/parksatthegrove

TRIANGLE PARK at 45th and Guadalupe - Two 76' courts are already there and only need minimal adjustment.

There are lots and lots of court designs online. Here's one I really like in Yountville. A very robust league there. More designs follow.

Two vets in wheelchairs were playing this morning.

Note the lights.