‘South Glengarry will be the bocce capital of the world’

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

LANCASTER – South Glengarry is quickly becoming the bocce ball capital of the world.

Local MPP Jim McDonell made that joke at last night’s council meeting as he presented a $23,400 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for two more bocce ball courts.

“I think they have three or four (courts) now at Art Buckland’s place now and this will be a great addition to it. I know they have quite a group that are interested…it’s a great game for seniors and gets people active,” McDonell said.

The money will cover two 12-by-60 foot courts at Kenneth Barton Park behind the Martintown Community Center with construction expected to start in early summer with completion this year.

Bocce ball is also known as Italian lawn bowling.

The project has already been tendered and awarded to Playground Planners of Nepean for $14,500, coming in well below the $25,000 South Glengarry had budgeted.

Staff believe it will becoming a popular attraction and will support “active aging.”

While reflecting on the funding for this and also Glen Walter last week, McDonell hinted that “hopefully there will be some internet (funding) news” this week.