As this year comes to a close, we wanted to share the most recent progress made on the first phase of Twain Harte Meadows Park – Bocce Court Improvements. While we had hoped for completion of this project before the end of the year, we’ve faced a variety of COVID-related delays that have affected contractor schedules and lead times for materials/supplies. Nevertheless, we are excited to share that the structures are complete and we are looking forward to putting the finishing touches on this project in early 2021!
A Little History
For those who aren’t familiar with the Twain Harte Meadows Park project, our community has worked together over the last few years to design a new park on a 1 acre parcel located in the center of downtown. The property was generously donated to Twain Harte CSD by a long time resident who had a dream to create a beautiful park area where family and friends could gather to relax, play and enjoy the beauty of our charming mountain community. The new park will have a mountain meadow theme and will include a large meadow, outdoor pavilion, picnic and BBQ areas, local history, water play and learning area, town Christmas tree, Me-Wuk Indian plant garden, and other great features. To learn more about the history of Twain Harte Meadows Park and the first phase, please visit our Twain Harte Meadows Park page.
The Bocce Court Improvements serve as the core connection between Eproson Park and Twain Harte Meadows Park. New improvements include a 16’x24’ pavilion, shade pergolas at each end of the courts, expanded patio area, landscaping and a rain tank that captures water from the roof that will be utilized to water the community garden. The structures are built using large timber, creating a rustic look that complements our mountain community. Not only will these magnificent structures provide a beautiful shaded area to gather and enjoy bocce during the day, but the architectural aspects will mirror those that will be constructed in the larger Twain Harte Meadows Park, giving us a preview of what’s to come.
Phase One Progress
Our contractor began work on the Bocce Court Improvements in July and, in true Twain Harte community form, volunteers started pitching in right away. Members of the community helped sand and stain all the lumber, we couldn’t have done it without their dedication and hard work!
The construction is now complete on the 16’x24’ pavilion, expanded patio area and shade pergolas at each end of the courts. We will be adding some beautiful rocking at the base of the pillars to add to the rustic charm that complements our mountain community. We plan to extend the metal stair railing around the edge of the new concrete patio extension at the end of the lower bocce court to provide a safe place for players to stand in between turns.
The rain tank that captures pavilion roof rain water and landscaping are planned for mid- February 2021. This will also include removal of the existing fence, installation of a new, split rail fence and some grading. We are still hoping to involve the community in the landscaping if we can do it safely and COVID restrictions allow for it. The workshop will also include some education on drought tolerant, native planting and rainwater harvesting, made possible by a water conservation grant through the Tuolumne Resource Conservation District. If you would like an opportunity to volunteer, this will be a great chance to pitch in and get your hands dirty.
Our hope is that in the spring we will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony (timing is COVID dependent) to celebrate the project completion with the community and dedicating the Bocce Court Improvements to Twain Harte CSD's late board member, Jim Johnson.
We are only able to accomplish this project due to a Sonora Area Foundation grant, a State water conservation grant and many generous donations from residents and businesses. We look forward to continuing to work with our community to complete Twain Harte Meadows Park, enhancing the beauty and charm of Twain Harte and drawing friends and family together for generations. We are so proud to serve this community.
We maintain an email list of community members who want to be involved and stay informed about the development process. If you would like to be added to the list, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org