Weekly Feature

2017-07-13 / Local News

Lancaster Senior Center opens new bocce courts

by IZZY GRAZIANO Intern


Marilyn Guarino plays bocce on the newly installed courts at the Lancaster Senior Center. Guarino joins other members of the senior bocce league to play weekly, on Wednesday mornings. 
Photo by Izzy Graziano Marilyn Guarino plays bocce on the newly installed courts at the Lancaster Senior Center. Guarino joins other members of the senior bocce league to play weekly, on Wednesday mornings. Photo by Izzy Graziano The Lancaster Senior Center on Oxford Avenue opened two new bocce courts in the facility’s outdoor recreation area in early June.

Bob Giroux, Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department worker, and Highway Superintendent Daniel Amatura, who oversees the department, orchestrated the installation of the new courts.

Having started its work in the fall, Tour Greens of Western New York, a putting green installation company, completed the job just in time for summer.

Before the project, which was planned by Giroux, visitors at the Lancaster Senior Center played bocce on courts built in 1996. On the new courts, improvements include a stone foundation, drainage system and a different kind of turf.

“[The old courts] were pretty decent, but after 20 years, they started to show their age,” Giroux said.

When Amatura assumed leadership of parks and recreation three years ago, he decided to prioritize the modernization of exercise equipment and facilities available at the Senior Center. To achieve many of their projects, including the new bocce courts, Amatura and Giroux have collaborated and combined workforces.

“Basically, we use highway personnel and parks and recreation personnel to save the town money by blending our crews tog ether,” Amatura said. “Working together has worked out very well for us.”

In addition to the recently debuted bocce courts, the Senior Center offers pickle ball courts and indoor exercise equipment. Throughout the summer, program coordinators from the center will also host specialized activities, according to Giroux.

Regarding the potential for future projects, Giroux noted that the yard has enough space for a third bocce court and that some visitors have requested that they install horseshoe stakes.

“We really try to keep these seniors active and keep them doing things,” Giroux said. “We’re always taking little steps toward meeting the requests.”

The seniors’ bocce league, which has approximately 35 members, convenes on the new courts every Wednesday morning. In the evenings, however, families and other community members can visit the center to play bocce on the new facilities. Indeed, since the courts opened in June, Giroux has driven through the campus at night and seen several families playing bocce.

Over the last month, Giroux says, the courts have generated positive feedback, with some seniors often lining up to play.

Although the bocce courts have officially opened, the project has not concluded. The Senior Center has an interest in installing courtside benches and ball racks that would make the area more accessible, according to Giroux.

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