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MB Rotary Club Helps Build Petanque Court

Jun 30, 2014 01:18PM ● By DigMB Staff

Manhattan Beach Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Powell cuts the ribbon for the official opening of a new petanque court behind Joslyn Community Center. Far left: City Council member Mark Burton. Far right, holding ribbon: Kathleen Terry of Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach.

Petanque has officially arrived in Manhattan Beach! After years of using Live Oak Field for their games, the city's "older adults" now have a permanent court to play on. 

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week, Manhattan Beach Rotary Club and City Council members, residents and others gathered on the court to celebrate its creation.

Petanque took a hold in MB about six years ago when participants in the city's Older Adults Programs began enjoying the game once a week, said Jan Buike, program supervisor. Now, about 10-12 regularly play the game each week.

A potential site for the court became available in an east corner behind Joslyn Community Center, the building that hosts Older Adults Programs.

Members of the Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach paid for the court and constructed it as well under the leadership of Vinny Fazzino. Rotarians purchased decompressed gravel and transported many, many wheel barrels of the material to make the court surface, said Jan. 

"We got involved because we do service projects within the community and we were told that the seniors wanted this court as they didn't have a real place to play," said Kathleen Terry, outgoing Club president.

Now, seniors and community members have a designated space to play petanque.

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