Support Rennovations to Shuffleboard

Posted on June 25, 2014

Summer has arrived on the shores of Lake Erie, and shuffleboard players of all ages have returned to the courts.

Spring was a busy season for the community, especially at the world-class shuffleboard facility.

Over the last two months, construction crews have been working to enhance the experience for all spectators and shuffleboard players.

A complete renovation to the viewing stands, located along Second Street, was completed in early June.

Updates included a leveled and reshingled roof, air vents to increase airflow and gutters to direct the water runoff.

The updated viewing stands are constructed of natural IPE wood, pronounced “ee-pay.” This type of wood is an environmentally responsible choice, prized for its durability, strength and natural resistance to decay, weather conditions and insect infestation.

New textured cement blocks were used to build the base of the viewing stands, and limestone was placed underneath to improve drainage.

The contractor involved with the renovations worked with an architect to make new railings from a custom iron work company, located in Columbus, Ohio.

Spectators and shuffleboard players will now have easy access to the viewing stands with improved steps, new railings and a sidewalk.  

A handicap-accessible viewing area was also added just south of courts 2-5, west of court 18.

A new patio was installed east of the new viewing stands that will include picnic tables.

The seldom used stands from this area have been removed.

“Shuffleboard is the intergenerational center of Lakeside,” said Shirley Stary, vice president of Programming. “A place for grandparents and grandkids to come together and enjoy a fun activity, in which all ages can participate.”

The majority of the project was completed by Curt Swain of Mainly Masonry, located in Castalia, Ohio.

The enhancements to the shuffleboard facility were made possible with support to the Lakeside Fund.

To make a gift towards this longstanding tradition in Lakeside, contact the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation at (419) 798-5396 or Lakesiders may also give online, at