Bocce May Come to the Palisades Park

At the Palisades Park Advisory Board meeting in October, members voted to spend $2,500 to fund a survey for a proposed Bocce Center at the Recreation Center.

The courts would be located in the area adjacent to the maintenance yard, now occupied by the concrete slab and picnic tables in the upper picnic area, nearest the tennis courts.

The current picnic tables would be removed, but the city has offered to provide new tables in clusters around the bocce courts. The sport involves two players— or two teams of two, three or four, and can be traced back to the Roman Empire. The sport is played with one small ball (Pallino) and eight larger balls—four for each team. The Pallino is thrown first and becomes the target. Then each ball is thrown with the goal of placing it as close to the Pallino as possible.

The money for the survey will come from the Toppel Matching Grant fund, established in 2012 in honor of Kurt Toppel’s 80th birthday. Money donated to this fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Toppels up to $20,000. To date, $1,900 has been donated. These funds will be used for worthy projects at the park.

To make a donation, contact PAB Board Chair Mike Skinner at or park director Erich Haas at

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