Petanque courts added at Seaside

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 04:54 PM.

A few years back, Seaside even hosted a national petanque tournament in its Ruskin Place park, and Seaside homeowner Bill Sabella won a national tournament four years ago.

When Braconnier introduced the game to Seaside , play was in Ruskin Place , but as the park grew busier, and the game more popular play had to be moved to a small area in front of the Seaside Chapel where serious players met every afternoon at 4.

The newly dedicated courts located next to Bud & Alley's Pizza Bar will be much better, said Rauschkolb.

"There is bike parking and park benches, and there is easy access to food, drink, and bathroom facilities nearby," he said.

The idea for the petanque park came from Davis and was spurred on by Rauschkolb, who remains an avid player. Both wanted to beautify the area next to Bud & Alley’s Pizza Bar and to provide a fun place for Seaside regulars and guests to play the game, said Seaside Director of Marketing, Lori Smith, and Davis was able to work out an arrangement with the lot's owners.

Two of the three courts have a lime rock screening surface and one touts a Bermuda sod for variety. The park is equipped with overhead lights so the game can be enjoyed anytime.

Central Square Records in the town's circle sells petanque equipment of boules and kits.

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