But that isn't stopping the City department from spending $61,000 to build two new bocce ball courts in the Music Concourse of Justin Herman Plaza. Spending money during tough economic times is easier though when the money isn't yours.
The Laborers Local 261 Community and Training Foundation has agreed to donate the money and effort to build the bocce courts for the City at no cost. In addition, the group says it will also help beautify the surrounding lawns.
The Recreation and Park Commission will hear the matter Thursday, where it is recommended by staff that they approve the plan. But the big question is who will maintain the equipment after the courts are built.
One recommendation is local business owners hold onto the equipment and rent it out free of charge, or the City hire a street food cart on site to manage the equipment.