Despite nearly a year of work on the plan, two proposed, community-funded bocce ball courts have been tabled indefinitely, perhaps forever.
A Wednesday hearing to select a site for the bocce courts was canceled following a Turlock Rotary Club request, as residents near proposed court sites did not provide positive feedback on the development.
The project's end comes 11 months after the Rotary Club first proposed the courts in June 2012. The Rotary Club would have paid for all costs related to installing the courts, and would have performed all maintenance.
In the past year, three parks were extensively considered as locations for the courts – Crane, Dale Pinkney, and Bristol Parks. Despite numerous meetings – one held at Crane Park – Parks, Recreation, and Community Commissioners were unable to select a final location due to widespread opposition to the courts. Most neighbors said they would prefer open space, and were opposed to the traffic and noise that bocce ball could bring.
“It's unfortunate,” Turlock Parks, Recreation, and Public Facilities Superintendent Erik Schulze said. “There was a lot of staff time that went in to it. The commission spent a lot of time on it.”
The project appears to be completely dead at this point, due to the lack of public support. Unless a neighborhood rallies around a new location and contacts the Turlock Rotary Club, the club is unlikely to continue the hunt for a new site, Schulze said.
“I don't think they're out soliciting anything at this point,” Schulze said.
Two bocce ball courts could still be on the horizon for Turlock. The proposed Ten Pin Fun Center, a 34-lane bowling alley planned for a vacant lot behind Rite-Aid on Monte Vista Avenue, would include two bocce ball courts.
The Ten Pin Fun Center's developers are still in search of financing, project partner Jerry Powell told TurlockCityNews.com in April.
“Once we can get a bank that will do it, we'll do it,” Powell said at the time.