During Better Block Akron, we created a bocce court in one lane of an expansive street, both to slow traffic and give attendees an activity to engage in while enjoying the public space. The court also worked as a barrier between pedestrians and the street, and provided an all-ages outlet for play; adults, adolescents, and seniors were holding bocce tournaments, and children were playing in the sand and attempting to juggle the balls.
The court was created with $200 and borrowed materials. If you’d like to create bocce court in your neighborhood, check out our recipe below. You can download a high-res PDF here.