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Johns Creek To Host Bocce Ball Activities For Disabled Residents

The activities, open to residents with disabilities and their families, will take place two Saturdays a month at Newtown Park from July 12 to Nov. 8.

Johns Creek To Host Bocce Ball Activities For Disabled Residents

Staff Report

Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Division is hosting bocce ball activities for Johns Creek residents with disabilities and their families two Saturday mornings a month from July 12 through Nov. 8 at Newtown Park. 

The dates for the bocce ball activities are: July 12 & 26; Aug. 9 & 23; Sept. 13 & 27; Oct. 11 & 25; and Nov. 8. 

“Bocce ball is easy to play and it’s not physically demanding,” said Kirk Franz, Johns Creek recreation manager. “The real benefit is the camaraderie, the social aspects of being around other people and having fun together.” 

A cross between bowling and croquet, the object of bocce ball is to bowl balls at a white target ball. Rolling the ball closest to the target earns points.  There are numerous techniques that people with disabilities can use to bowl. Johns Creek also has a low, easily aimed ramp with rails that a ball can be rolled down. 

The handicapped-accessible bocce ball courts are located next to the Park Place senior activity center, located at Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Rd. 

The hour-long, free activity starts at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome, although drop-offs are not allowed. 

To volunteer, contact Kirk Franz at 678-512-3261 or email him atKirk.Franz@JohnsCreekGA.gov.

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