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JULY 2008: The Summer of 1971

There were dozens of clubs in the City starting with Broken Woods Golf and Tennis Club and the Country Club of Coral Springs.  Even with such a small population they were very active venues, augmented by members from the surrounding communities.  Broken Woods had children’s swimming classes, golf and tennis clinics every weekday for three months.  There was adult golfing and tennis when children’s classes were over and end of summer tournaments for each sport, sex and age range.

That summer The Country Club of Coral Springs staged the Rotary Club Ladies Night, the annual Saddle Club banquet, the Lions Club Installation Dinner Dance, the Chamber of Commerce Woman’s Dance and Friday night parties for club members plus the usual daily rounds of golf and tennis matches.
There were weekly Volunteer Fire Fighters meetings and Weight Watchers meetings (even back then!).  The Lions Club, Welcome Wagon, Bridge Club, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Saddle Club, Civic Association and Teen Association (which started publishing The Forum earlier that year) met monthly.

There were children’s movie matinees at the Electra Center just north of Walgreen’s at University and Sample on Saturdays at 2:30 and monthly Saddle Club Horse Shows on Sunday afternoons at the riding ring just west of Coral Hills Drive on Wiles Road.

Lion’s Park had been dedicated the year before and became the City’s first Little League field.  The games provided all day entertainment on the weekends.  The 1971 Independence Day parade began at the park and headed west on Sample Road on foot, bicycle and horseback past the Coral Ridge Properties Administration Building, now City Hall.  It wasn’t until school began that August in portable buildings on Coral Hills Drive that construction started on a new 20-acre park nearby.  It became Mullins Park in honor of Mayor Lewie Mullins who died while in office.  It would include a swimming pool, tennis courts, baseball fields and community center that became Sartory Hall.  But that was for the summer of 1972. 

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