Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Demise of the shuffleboard courts in Downtown Lake Worth, the place now called “HATCH 1121”.


No history topic about any structure in this City has generated more interest since 2006 on this blog than the very short post below. Not even close. I’ll just throw the question out there: Should Lake Worth plan for a shuffleboard venue in the future? If so, where? Maybe the Beach?


At the height of its popularity the shuffleboard courts once occupied the northwest area of the current City Hall — back then it was the City’s Municipal Auditorium.

That area is now a parking lot. Here are some pictures from postcards back in the day.
For those of you unfamiliar with shuffle-
board learn more here.

Lake Worth’s courts at the City’s former Annex northwest of City Hall (now called “HATCH 1121”) began falling into disrepair “back in the day”, fewer and fewer people showed up to play.

In 2008 the end of the shuffleboard era was over for good when it was turned into a day labor center — another in a long line of terrible decisions by a previous City administration and a very sad era in our City’s history as well.

By the way. . . The City of Lake Worth’s current Annex building is located at 414 Lake Ave. in the Cultural Plaza (just east of the Lake Worth Library) and is home to the Lake Worth Historical Museum as well, on the second floor: To schedule a tour call 561-533-7354; walk-in hours are 1:00–4:00 on Wednesday and Friday.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very sad that the courts were demolished. This was pretty recent wasn't it?

Wes Blackman said...

It began when Stanton was here. She chased out the shuffleboard club that had been there for years to make way for the Day Labor Center. The courts were never maintained after that and ultimately, they were removed.

Anonymous said...

I don't remember Stanton demoing any courts, pretty sure that just happened in the last year or so.

Wes Blackman said...

She had the seats taken out so that there were only courts. The surface was never maintained and she did kick out the shuffleboard club that had been there for years.