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Play bocce in Charles Park

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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 9:08 am, Thu Jul 17, 2014.

Bocce courts can be expensive.

The one recently built at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village has a price tag of $1 million.

But members of one South Queens organization called Tap A Keg decided to build one for themselves for much cheaper.

Tired of waiting for the National Park Service to get around to repairing the bocce court at Charles Park, the group went with the do-it-yourself approach.

Joanne Franzese, whose friends are members of Tap A Keg, said she got the blessing from the NPS to construct the bocce court. The group collected the materials it needed and built the court last month on the south side of the park near the beach.

“We were tired of waiting, being told the money wasn’t there,” Franzese said. “So we decided to do it ourselves.”

Total cost: $240.

Games of bocce by Jamaica Bay on summer afternoons?: Priceless.

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