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Juniper Valley Park opens again for bocce

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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:30 am

Bocce is back at Juniper Valley Park.

The ribbon was cut on the new $850,000 bocce courts in Middle Village on Wednesday.

Enthusiasts of the old world game have three new courts to play completely with new shade structures, seating areas and fencing.

Queens Parks Commissioner Dottie Lewandowski, top left, joined Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, Assemblywoman Marge Markey, Queens Parks Chief of Staff Joanne Amagrande and Community Board 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri to cut the ribbon on the park before taking a few shots themselves.

Middle Village resident Steve Fisher and his sister Maxine, of Forest Hills, at right with Lewandowski and Ashley O’Brien, NYC Parks playground associate, along with Steve’s wife Rosanna, donated bocce balls that were owned by Steve and Maxine’s father Norman, a longtime Middle Village/Maspeth resident who recently passed away. O’Brien will use the bocce set to teach kids the sport.

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