From eyesore to elegant: Bob Weber takes us to Oregon for this “Encouraging Story”!!

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - It took a lot of chipping, scraping and painting, but volunteers Dwight and Eloise Willey have finished restoring the shuffleboard court at the Lake Grove Swim Park.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE – It took a lot of chipping, scraping and painting, but volunteers Dwight and Eloise Willey have finished restoring the shuffleboard court at the Lake Grove Swim Park.

Lake Oswego residents Dwight and Eloise Willey transform the Lake Grove Swim Park’s shuffleboard court

Dwight and Eloise Willey would rather fade humbly into the background than receive public attention for their good works.

Their son Kent disagrees. “He said that if people saw what we had done, that it would encourage them to do something themselves,” Dwight says.

And so the Lake Oswego couple allowed Kent to contact The Review and boast about the remarkable job his parents have done in renovating the shuffleboard court at the Lake Grove Swim Park, where they love to play with their grandchildren.

Once crumbling and blotchy, the freshly painted court now gleams in the sun. It looks sensational. “We thought somebody should do something about it,” Eloise says. “Then we thought, ‘We’re somebody.”

The Willeys first gave the court a power washing. After much chipping and scraping, they bought two gallons of concrete to patch the surface — not the kind of work Eloise particularly enjoys, she says, but “I love painting.”

There were a few challenges along the way, including the weather.

“It was so hot some days that we couldn’t paint,” Dwight says. And since the shuffleboard court isn’t a regulation size, “We had to improvise,” Eloise says.

Shuffleboard afficionados in Lake Oswego are thrilled with the result. And yet, the Willeys had no intention of taking any bows. They wanted no praise or publicity about what they had done.

“I like to find a need and try to fill it,” Eloise says. “We’re members of Willamette Christian Church in West Linn, and they encourage members of their congregation to do this. Our gift is to be in the background.”

But son Kent persuaded them to change their minds, so they reluctantly let him contact The Review to shine a little light on their efforts to make Lake Oswego a better place to live.

While working on the court, the couple was deluged by eager kids asking about what they were doing. Now, they say, they’re pleased by the prospect of having created a shuffleboard court that youngsters and their families can enjoy.

“We want to attract more people to play shuffleboard,” Dwight says. “We love playing with our grandkids.”

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