Friday, February 10, 2017
We were able to actually play a couple games on one of the terrains yesterday while the construction crew put the finishing touches on the other. Bob, Fred, Rom, and Cherri joined Shirley and me in praising the new area. Come out Sunday and see for yourself.
Play will begin around 1:00 PM at Miller Park, 2500 Queen St, Winston-Salem, NC. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 70s!
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
We may be around the Carolinas for another few days, as it turns out, due to changing circumstances.
We spent a couple of hours going over our thoughts and explaining what we were looking for regarding a suitable surface for petanque. They seemed very receptive and eager to please, so we don't anticipate any ongoing problems. We made it clear that we could not play on a surface that was soft enough to allow a high lob with a boule to burrow into the terrain and not roll. As you can see from the couple of pictures Shirley snapped, we demonstrated the problem with a soft terrain and had no trouble getting the contractors to see our problem.
They're experimenting to find just the right mix of binding rock dust and screenings to solve our problem.
More to come.
We were concerned that the top layer was very, very soft and thick fine gravel screenings. The terrain will have to have additional attention before we are able to play on it. The washed gravel appeared to be too thick and unlikely to bind into a firm enough surface for petanque, no matter how much they may attempt to compact it.
Shirley committed to contacting the Parks and Rec people on Monday to explore a resolution and find out what the ongoing plans are.
Meanwhile, we played on he existing terrain on Sunday. It is in good shape for play since there have been no significant rains of late that would compromise the playing surface due to the fact that we have still not resolved our issue with poor drainage, One end of the terrain has standing water after a rain and stays muddy for days at a time.
The weather, the terrain, and the group all combined to make Sunday play a lot of fun, We were especially glad to have Charles Leonard rejoin the group after a prolonged absence.