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Pétanque Courts Installed in Beyer Community Park
City of Modesto, California Press Release
November 30, 2005
The City of Modesto recently completed the installation of two Pétanque (pronounced "pay-tonk") courts at the Beyer Community Park located on Sylvan Avenue. Crews from the City’s Park Services and Maintenance Division worked with local volunteers to renovate two former horseshoe pits into the Pétanque courts.
Pétanque, one of Europe's most popular outdoor games, originated in Provence in the early 1900s and is a distant cousin of horseshoes and a close relative of bocce. It is played on hard packed dirt using small wood and metal balls. The City of Modesto’s courts were the result of collaborating with local residents who had expressed an interest in building a Pétanque court and bringing the game of Pétanque to Modesto. Previously, one had to travel to Sacramento or Oakhurst to play the game.
The courts, now open, are located near the skate park in Beyer Park, located on Sylvan Avenue, adjacent to Beyer High School.For more information, contact Loren Holt at (209) 571-5573 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org