The Leisure World Historical Society, a 501(c)3 educational foundation, is dedicated to preserving the history of Leisure World, which is celebrating 60 years this year. Historical Society President Margaret Gillon has chronicled highlights in this weekly column. People are welcome to visit, volunteer for or donate memorabilia to the Historical Society, which is open every Thursday from 2-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information, log on to LWHistory.org or
• March 24, 1988— Construction began on the long-discussed LW Administration building. The building was planned for easy access for residents with an elevator and handicapped parking.
• March 25, 1965— The St. Patrick’s Day Golf Tourney drew over 80 starters.
• March 26, 1970— Construction began on Building 216 in Mutual 9 as part of a relocation program nearer to the “Northwoods Clubhouse.”
• March 27, 1969 —The newspaper picture showed the newly completed 4-million-gallon-capacity reservoir adjacent to the northeast corner of Leisure World. The water, which fills a 40,000 square foot area, is for citywide use in Seal Beach.
• March 27, 1980— Leisure Market replaced the Alpha Beta market, where the Dollar Tree store and Roger Dunn Golf Shop are now located. Leisure Market was in business until 2007.
• March 28, 1968— The City of Seal Beach approved construction of a fire station on Beverly Manor Road (now North Gate Road). That station served for 40 years before being replaced in 2010 with the existing 12,000-square-foot facility.