Playing ball at the ga-ga pit

What’s eight-sided, three boards high and resembles an over-sized raised garden bed without the dirt filling? Why, it’s a ga-ga pit. In June, one of these summer camp game favorites opened at Bryant Park, 1001 West 85th Street. 

Ga-ga is a form of dodgeball. Players use their hands to hit the ball toward opponents but are eliminated if the ball strikes them at a certain level. The winner is the last player standing.

All you need are a few players, a ball and a little time. Careful, the game can be addictive and last for hours, according to Bloomington resident and Eagle Scout candidate Stuart Hawton. 

Hawton, along with other volunteers from Troop 374, installed the ga-ga court. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Hawton raised $1,000 in donations to pay for materials, managed the installation and partnered with the City for planning.

Ga-ga players are asked to follow the latest CDC guidelines for physical distancing and safety. For more information, visit blm.mn/parks or call 952-563-8877.