Sunday, January 15, 2006

Basque Pelota Ball Court & Associated Structures

Basque Pelota is a handball-like game played on the borders of Spain and France. When Basques immigrated to America in the 1800s, they brought their sport with them. Approximately two dozen Pelota ball courts exist in the United States. Of that, a dozen or so remain west of the Mississippi and only one remains in Arizona. Currently, there are issues over how the site can be and should be developed. Though the owners would like to preserve the property, their efforts at reuse on the site have been fraught with problems outside of their control. (Photo source: Patty Rubick Luttrell.)

August 2007 Update: The City of Flagstaff and property owner are working together to find solutions to protect and preserve this site.