Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

It's Shuffleboard in the Park City's First Courts Open in Mandarin; More Expected to Be Built

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

It's Shuffleboard in the Park City's First Courts Open in Mandarin; More Expected to Be Built

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The swoosh and click of an old, popular game is reverberating

through Mandarin Park after the city's first shuffleboard court

opened there June 10.

City Councilman Dick Kravitz presided over the official opening

of the pair of green courts near the park entrance on Mandarin

Road. The Mandarin councilman says reaction has been so good to

this one that more will be built at Mandarin Park and other city

parks.

"It's a great game, it really is," Kravitz said after playing a

few games. "I think it is geared for seniors, but anyone can

play it and have a lot of fun."

Construction of the courts next to Mandarin Park's tennis

courts began in early March at a cost of $16,000, after the

Department of Parks, Recreation and Entertainment selected the

Nidy Co. of Sanford for the job. The site includes shaded

benches at each end, scoreboards and a set of equipment. Bids

will go out in the next few weeks for at least two more courts

at the same park, while city recreation officials look for other

sites at municipal parks citywide.

The courts are the result of lobbying by a Mandarin couple that

began last summer. Joan and Walter Halstead say they already

have a group of shuffleboard enthusiasts signed up for Tuesday

morning games, and are very happy to see their plea to return

shuffleboard to Jacksonville was heard.

"I feel great. It is hard to believe it has come so fast," said

Walter Halstead. "It seems everybody is coming. They drive by

and they want to come and play."

"I think it is wonderful. They are very nice courts, and we

have had a lot of fun," added his wife, Joan. "I am definitely

pleased to see them."

Florida's first shuffleboard courts were built in Daytona Beach

in 1930, after winter tourists decided the game usually played

on cruise ships would work just as well on land. The game took

off after World War II and became very popular in Florida

retirement communities. …

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