I was inspired by my recent first visit to the beautiful St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Courts and Visual Ephemera's recent postings on Florida's vanishing shuffleboard courts to go in search of Tampa's remaining public shuffleboard courts. The only court I knew of in Tampa is a well-maintained set of courts at MacFarlane Park in West Tampa.
Trolling through the trusty ol' Burgert Bros. Collection I typed in "Shuffleboard" and found that a few more had existed. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Complex on Oregon was actually a municipal trailer park during the depression era. The original administration building is still in use and behind it sits a set of 5 deteriorating courts, I can only assume that these were the original courts in the picture below.
A few blocks away over on Howard Avenue the scene at Rey park is very different. With help from the WPA the city built a beautiful park complete with a small bandshell, tennis court and shuffleboard court.
But as time marched on tastes have changed. The scene has changed slightly, the tennis court is now a basketball court and it appears that the city has paved over the shuffleboard courts but kept the benches.
Sadly, the crown jewel of Tampa's Shuffleboarding past is no longer standing. Back in the 30s, after the city had acquired the decaying Tampa Bay Hotel, an area North of the old Casino was turned into a tourist recreation area. The city built a large recreation hall, and several shuffleboard courts hoping to satiate the needs of visiting tourists and retirees. The courts were located where the University of Tampa's Kelce Library now stands.