Bocce Ball Courts Go Into Justin Herman Plaza Just Under the Wire – New Area Residents Not Organized Enough to Stop It

All’s I can say about this one is that we’ll have to wait and see how it works out. Deets below.

You know who likes today’s news? It’s Benji Tosi, American Grand Champion:

As seen in San Francisco Magazine, back in the day


San Francisco, CA—Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined community partners including Laborers Local 261,, and Webcor Builders and seven-time U.S. Bocce Ball Champion Benji Tosi to break ground on two regulation size bocce ball courts in the south lawn of Justin Herman Plaza along the City’s waterfront.

“These two new bocce ball courts are a great example of activating unused public space,” said Mayor Newsom. “This innovative public-private partnership shows creativity in finding solutions to positively impact our City as a whole and help foster a community of new bocce ball lovers.”

Ever more deets, after the jump.
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is receiving two new regulation size bocce courts at Justin Herman Plaza that will provide a public social space where people of all ages can join in the game of bocce. Each bocce ball court is United States Bocce Federation regulation size, which is 13 feet wide by 90 feet long, and ADA accessible. The playing surface is made of crushed oyster shells on top of crushed granite, and the sides of the courts are lined with redwood. While these courts are designed for casual players, they will be the highest quality courts currently available in San Francisco.

“ is thrilled to be a part of this project,” said Kendall Collins, Chief Marketing Officer for “This groundbreaking event is a great example of corporate citizens engaged and involved in their communities and helping to improve underutilized land that will be available for public use and recreation.”

In addition to and Webcor Builders in this bocce ball court partnership, the Laborers Local 261 Community and Training Foundation have offered the City a gift of labor and construction materials to create bocce courts on the lawn.  As part of this project, Laborer 261 is also providing five San Francisco residents with pre-apprentice training and invaluable hands-on experience and exposure to the construction trade. This construction work requires no additional funds or work from the City and the gift is a revocable gift if the City determines a better use for this space, or the courts are just not working out.  The Laborers Training Foundation will return the area to its original condition free of charge.

“I am so grateful to be a part of this apprenticeship program to build a recreation space where people can play bocce ball,” said Teresa Perez, Pre-Apprentice Trainee at Laborers Local 261. “As a San Francisco native, I never imagined having this opportunity to learn new skills and receive hands-on construction experience to beautify the city I call home.”

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6 Responses to “Bocce Ball Courts Go Into Justin Herman Plaza Just Under the Wire – New Area Residents Not Organized Enough to Stop It”

  1. fazio, pietro says:

    Great Idea for San Francisco and a great outdoor sport!!

  2. dkzody says:

    I thought a playground was going in there. Even saw some drawings…

  3. sfcitizen says:

    Yeah, well, this bocce thing has been in process for a long while, before the playground idea got promoted.

    The bocce people are all like “we lobbied for this, we did all the heavy lifting so why should we let any Johnny come latelies in on the action…”

  4. Sam Foster says:

    Why would SOMA residents have any thing to say about Justin Herman Plaza?

    I work in that area, while there’s residential to the north, there’s no residential to the south for several blocks that I’m aware of.

  5. sfcitizen says:

    All right, NoMA too, if you want. Lots of empty nesters up there, i think.

    Anyway, I don’t know why the SoMA people care so much but they do.

  6. Marvin says:

    Score for bocce:)