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Bocce courts may be built after all

By Jonathan Morales
Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at 10:49 am in Moraga.

The new bocce courts in Rancho Laguna Park could be happening. You may recall about a month ago the Moraga Town Council voted to waive $4,900 worth of permitting fees for the new courts. Since the total number of fees at that time was estimated to be about $7,700, the bocce club said they’d rather not build the courts if they had to pay the difference in fees.

A re-evaluation of the project site, however, appears to have changed things. The new courts are proposed for a little-used section of the park that has sand volleyball courts. A large chunk of the original fee estimate came from the presumed need to grade the site, said parks director Jay Ingram. But now the town is looking at just laying the new courts directly on top of the sand, likely eliminating the need to do any grading and bringing the fees down to about $300, plus $100 for each tree removed. That’s well under the $4,900 limit set by the council.

Ingram said he’s optimistic the courts will be built and is waiting for design plans from one of the bocce club’s members.

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