recreation at la luz

information about our bocce ball court, playground, community gardens, walking trails, pool, and tennis courts.

la luz is blessed with amenities that are unique to the principal in which the community was conceived. the bocce ball court, tennis courts, playground and pool are all centrally clustered together flanked at the east end what is know as the "meadow" a large grassed area for social events, concerts, and play place for kids of all ages. the community herb and vegitable gardens are maintained by residents who care for their "plot" for growing fruits, and vegitables. designated walking trails meander throughout the open high desert mesa to our east that one can walk to the bosque, and rio grande.

our recreational facilities


community garden

small wedges of fertile areas can yeild amazing fruit and vegitables

The community garden has been a part of La Luz since its beginning. In the 70s, when society was changing and love songs were turning into rock and roll, hippies were living in communes and the community garden was tended by many members of the community on an ad hoc basis, with the vegetables being shared among community members. That way of operating changed as society changed, until now, the garden is divided into fourths with interested community members working together to plant, water, weed, and harvest. Many of the non-gardeners look forward to bumper crops of zucchini and chard that get shared among neighbors.

bocce ball court

bocce ball is for great gatherings, fun competitions, and social interactivity

The sport is played with one small ball (Pig) and eight larger balls [Bocce (singular), Bocci (plural)]—four for each team. The Pig is thrown first and becomes the target. Then each Bocce is thrown with the goal of placing it as close to the Pallino as possible.

A full game of Bocce is called a Round, and it is separated into a series of scoring periods called Giri (plural) or Giro (singular). The team that reaches nine points first wins the Round (15 point Rounds are used in international tournaments)

In each Giro (scoring period), only one team may score points. A point is scored for the team with its Bocce closest to the Pig, and additional points are earned for each Bocce of the same team that is closer to the Pallino than the closest Bocce of the opposing team. Hence, if all four Bocci of one team are closer to the Pallino than any Bocce of the opposing team, four points will be scored for the winning team and none for the opposing team. The team that reaches nine points first wins the Round.

rules of the sport

Bocce is traditionally played on natural soil and asphalt courts 90 ft in length and 8.2 to 13.1 ft wide. Bocce balls can be made of metal or various kinds of plastic. Unlike lawn bowls, bocce balls are spherical and have no inbuilt bias. A game can be conducted between two players, or two teams of two, three, or four.

A match is started by a randomly chosen side being given the opportunity to throw a smaller ball, the jack, from one end of the court into a zone 16 ft in length, ending 8.2 ft from the far end of the court. If the first team misses twice, the other team is awarded the opportunity to place the jack anywhere they choose within the prescribed zone.

The side that first attempted to place the jack is given the opportunity to bowl first. Once the first bowl has taken place, the other side has the opportunity to bowl. From then on, the side which does not have the ball closest to the jack has a chance to bowl, up until one side or the other has used their four balls. At that point, the other side bowls its remaining balls. The team with the closest ball to the jack is the only team that can score points in any frame. The scoring team receives one point for each of their balls that is closer to the jack than the closest ball of the other team. The length of a game varies by region but is typically from 7 to 13 points.

Players are permitted to throw the ball in the air using an underarm action. This is generally used to knock either the jack or another ball away to attain a more favorable position. Tactics can get quite complex when players have sufficient control over the ball to throw or roll it accurately.

care and maintenance of the la luz bocce ball court

Please treat the equipment as if it was your own. Try to keep the larger rocks off the fine playing surface of the court. Please rake the bocce ball playing surface upon completing your time at the facility. Report any problems to the La Luz office or a board member.

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tennis courts

both artificial grass and cement playing surfaces offer excellent options to play tennis

The community is fortunate to have one grass and one clay tennis court. The two courts see a variety of players, from kids and parents, mature serious teams, and people out to have fun and get a little exercise. On the summer holidays, tournaments are often held, with the winner receiving a home made trophy or other prize at the community picnic held later that day.


the playground is fun for all ages with spectacular views

since la luz was constructed, the play areas have considerably morphed throughout the years. today, it remains a big draw for people year round. at any given time on a warm day children of all ages (3 months to 80+ years old) can be seen at the play area. the playground area is nestled just outside the pool area so parents and kids can be in range of both facilities. the areas that draw people are the swing areas and the metal frame half geodesic dome play structure. the frame structure is recessed in a grassy "bowl" that from a child's perspective must conjure up amazing play thoughts and views. perhaps thoughts of space travel rush through the young minds who play there.


the pool

the crystal clear blue oasis of our community

late spring through early fall at the pool is where many residents congregrate to bask in the sun or enjoy the heated water (a constant 81 degrees). spectacular views feature the la luz units to the north and west. the eastern vista is a jaw dropping view of the rio grande bosque, city views and the sandia and manzano mountains. this class B pool (city of albuquerque certified) is in the upper 2% of the cleanest, clearest pools in the city. swimmers claim that the heated water has a "silky" feel to it. from lap swimming, water aerobics, small get togethers, to a lazy day pool side, this blue oasis of the community is trasure to la luz.


page updated: Monday, January 25, 2016 8:52 PM