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TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and Mercer County Freeholder Anthony Carabelli today joined the County Park Commission in opening newly built bocce courts.

The Park Commission built the courts, which are located just outside of the Skating Center at Mercer County Park, in response to increasing demand from the Italian-American community and bocce enthusiasts to create a bocce facility for residents.

Hughes and the Freeholders earmarked approximately $13,000 to build the bocce courts, and Park Commission staff handled both the design and construction of the courts.

"These great courts were a long time coming, and I'm proud to open them today as a new recreational resource for our residents," said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. "It's a traditional Italian sport, but anyone can play, and I'm sure it will be well used for years to come."

Hughes also thanked Freeholder Carabelli, Mercer County Freeholder chair Pat Colavita, and John Scarpati, president of the Mercer County Italian-American Association, for their strong support of the bocce facility.

"We have been pursuing this project for years, and it's such a great asset to our parks system," said Freeholder Carabelli, who played bocce briefly yesterday.

Residents and visitors will get an excellent chance to see bocce played live during the upcoming Italian-American Festival, which will take place in Mercer County Park from September 28 to 30.

For more information about the bocce courts or the Italian-American Festival, please contact the Mercer County Recreation Office at (609) 448-7107.