A long-awaited project started today at Columbia Park.

Public Works crews demolished the area where new bocce courts will be installed. There will be three regulation-size courts built for park goers. The courts will be universally accessible, making them available to those who use wheelchairs, walkers and scooters.

Bocce is a European game that was first played in Italy. It is similar to lawn bowling, and is played on a long rectangular court.

The project came about after bocce enthusiasts approached the City about having a place in Torrance where they can play.

Jason Minter from the Community Services Department says, the bocce courts will also be used by the Torrance Friends of Exceptional athletes on a drop-in basis. The organization is non-profit and was formed to support various sports programs for people with intellectual disabilities who live across the South Bay.