The original Banner Lake Club (BLC) Clubhouse building was first built in the 1930's by residents of Jupiter Island to serve as a social gathering place for the Island employees who primarily lived in the Banner Lake Community. The Club also served as a hurricane shelter when needed. Banner Lake Club was first chartered in 1938 as a social club.
The Banner Lake Club (BLC) Clubhouse building was used for many community programs over the years. In 2006, a partnership was formed with Martin County Parks & Recreation (MCPR) to operate a County sponsored after school and summer program called BLAST (Banner Lake After School Time) at the BLC. The BLC decided to take full responsibility for the program by hiring a full time Program Director in May 2015, additional staff was hired, and the transition was made to take over the program on October 1, 2015.
Since taking over the Program and hiring our own BLAST Program Director, many improvements were made and our years running the BLAST Program has been highly successful. The Program continues to improve. The children in the Program include students from age 5 to 18 years old. We have a strong Teen Program that was improved over the past several years and is continuing to grow with three extended hour nights a week. The children in the BLAST Program are currently provided with homework hour, tutoring, art classes, soccer, golf, dance/drama classes, gardening, and other enrichment programs. The teens are very involved with their programming which keeps them busy and out of trouble.
The Community Center also serves as a Food Pantry on Friday morning’s, a Soup Kitchen on Friday evening’s, and a Meals on Wheels Senior Meal Program for lunch Monday thru Friday. BLC also has many Meetings and Community Events that are held throughout the year. Our facility is also available for rentals on weekends. More space was needed to keep providing the services to our community, so a Fundraising Campaign went underway, and a New Community Center was planned to be constructed adjacent to our original Clubhouse building with construction commencement of June 2018 and completion expected summer 2019.
The new Banner Lake Community Center was completed September 2019. The Banner Lake Academy officially opened August 2019. It is a private school with no cost to families. In its first year, the Academy hired four teachers serving a classroom for kindergarten and one for 1st grade, with up to 12 students per grade. The students get individualized instruction to help them learn in a smaller classroom setting. We will be adding 2nd grade next year and then a 3rd grade the following year. In addition to academics, the program includes music and physical education. Phase 2 of construction is set to begin September 2020 to add an Academy wing to the Banner Lake Community Center. The old Clubhouse is currently being renovated and will become our new Teen Center and an Outreach room will be reconstructed in the back of the building.