For Immediate Release
August 2, 2011
Contact: Elton Pon
SAN FRANCISCO– Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department today in cutting the ribbon on the newly improved bocce ball courts at Crocker Amazon Park.
The event was part of a National Night Out event at the park, hosted by the San Francisco Police Department and the Outer Mission Merchants and Residents Association.
“Crocker Amazon Park is a world class park where a melting pot of a neighbors and visitors come to together to enjoy our open spaces,” said San Francisco Mayor Lee. “The improvements at the bocce ball courts will help activate our park spaces even further and contribute to the diversity of our City.”
The improvements to the sheltered court area include exterior perimeter wind screens, roof repairs, new gutters, waterproofing of back retaining wall, new service counter, sink and storage cabinet, exterior and interior painting and upgraded electrical system. Site improvements include new perimeter fencing, relocation of the portable toilet, installation of new water line, a new accessible second means of egress to Moscow Street, removal of barriers for accessibility and new water conservation irrigation system and drought tolerant planting at adjacent landscape area.
Initial project funding was provided through a $100,000 add-back from the Board of Supervisors to the Public Utilities Commission; funds were then transferred to SF Recreation and Parks to implement capital improvements to the Crocker Amazon Bocce Ball Courts and water conservation efforts on the site. Additional funding for the final scope of work for improvements was provided by Open Space funds. The total cost of the project was $265,000.
“The new bocce court complex looks amazing,” said Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the Recreation and Park Department. “On National Night Out, it’s important to note that the way we make our parks safer is by activating them and creating clean, fun and inviting spaces for the public to enjoy.”
According the United States Bocce Federation, bocce is the third most participated sport in the world behind soccer and golf. There are 25 million bocce players throughout the United States alone.