Spring construction of courts expected in Veterans Park

by: SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: ROBIN JOHNSON - Bill Marinelli, an avid bocce player in Scappoose, was instrumental in the construction of two bocce courts in Portland. Marinelli asked Hanken in 2009 to ask if there were any plans to have anything other than baseball diamonds and kids structures in Veterans Park.The Scappoose City Council voted Monday, Oct. 7, to award a contract to Bocce e Luce to construct two bocce courts in Verterans Park.

In late August, the city sent out a request for proposal for qualified contractors to construct the bocce courts and received only one response.

Bocce e Luce, a Sherwood company, provides a “specialized” product, said Scappoose City Manager Jon Hanken, explaining why the city only received one bid for the project. The company is well-known and respected throughout bocce communities in the Northwest, Hanken added.

Hanken said the two bocce courts were budgeted at $50,000. The company’s bid for the entire project was $49,751.05.

“Normally, staff like to have more companies bid on projects. However, bocce ball courts, like skate parks, are a specialized product so having only one bid is not surprising,” Hanken wrote in a request for council action.

In the company’s proposal, Bocce e Luce recommended beginning construction of the courts March 1, with a completion deadline of June 1. This will keep the construction time out of “freezing” weather, wrote Mike Neish, owner of Bocce e Luce.

Both courts will be 11½ feet wide and 80 feet long. The area around the courts will also be graded to help meet requirements laid out in the Americans with Disabilities Act, Hanken said.

Hanken said he expects to see additional contracts within the parks budget in the future related to the bocce courts, noting features such as benches, tables and a grill as potential enhancements.

In an earlier interview with the Spotlight, Bill Marinelli, an avid bocce player in Scappoose who recommended bocce courts be installed at the park, said, “What I’m envisioning is predicated on men and women who would like to have physical exercise that doesn’t require walking 6,000 yards to chase a little white ball.”

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