Fans of obscure Italian pastimes can breathe a sigh of relief. After an earlier proposal to build a sweet
bollard bowling alley bocce court at the Cabots Point Recreation Area near South Lakes Drive was nearly killed by the Reston Association due to -- wait for it -- complaints from nearby neighbors, the RA Board has taken the request to take bocce off the table off the table. Wait, what?
The Reston Association Board of Directors decided on Thursday to keep the plan for adding a bocce court at Cabots Point, despite resident pressure to reconsider.Our BFFs at Reston Now point out that nearby residents objected because they weren't notified about the project and because of traffic and parking concerns. Of course we're talking about a court that's no more than 14 feet wide and 91 feet long, assuming the RA, itself a stickler for obscure regulations, follows the official dimensions for a bocce court whilst building its own
The board voted in December to authorize construction of the lawn bowling court at the area off of South Lakes Drive. The $2,500 cost would be paid for by Friends of Reston, said South Lakes Director Richard Chew, who proposed the amenity.
The design plan was approved by RA’s Design Review Board in June and $1,700 has already been donated to the project, RA documents show.
But the board has recently heard from several Cabots Point residents who were concerned that the new recreational amenity would bring unwanted traffic and noise to the neighborhood off South Lakes Drive.
That led to RA CEO Cate Fulkerson’s proposal to take the plan off the table and come up with an alternate plan that may or may not include bocce for Cabots Point. That proposal was on Thursday night’s RA meeting agenda, but was voted to be thrown out.
However, we'd encourage the RA to Think Big. After earlier attempts to build sweet indoor tennis/swimming facilities have hit a spot of bother, here's the chance to create a massive and unnecessary recreation edifice that everyone can agree on! Even if everyone agrees it's totally unnecessary. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you...
THE BOCCE THUNDERDOME.