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Stevens Point Horseshoe Club
2017 - State Tournament - Beloit
The Stevens Point Horseshoe Club
Restoring Schelke Courts
In June of 2015 members of the Stevens Point horseshoe club stumbled upon 3 overgrown horseshoe courts at Mead Park. Once the concrete was edged you could see the real beauty on what was hidden beneath the earth. We researched the history of the courts and found that they thrived in the 1970s. Mead Park was once home to 8 outdoor clay courts. Pete and Dorothy Schelke we pioneers in those days running many leagues that pitched through the years. Once Pete passed in 1979, nobody stepped up to manage the leagues and horseshoes slowly went away. The city eventually took away 5 courts and replaced them with a volleyball court. In 2017, the Stevens Point Horseshoe Club received a grant from the National Horseshoe Pitching Foundation to restore and increase the number of courts at the park. The grant allowed us to add 18" concrete walkways down the Left and Right side of each court, a 4th court was added, backboards and stakes were replaced, the pit material was upgraded from sand to Chenoa clay and we were able to purchase a shed to store our horseshoes, scoreboards and court maintenance tools.
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