Let’s put some game tables in downtown Northfield

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I was struck by the popularity of game tables in New York City’s parks when I visited there last week. People gather around the tables to watch some of the games, too. Others use the tables as a place to meet and eat. The benches on either side of the tables have backs on them, making them more comfortable for sitting than picnic tables.

I’d like to see the Streetscape Task Force spend some of its remaining money to put game tables with benches in downtown along River Walk, the Sesqui Plaza, and maybe Bridge Square.

15 comments to  (Including 2 Discussion Threads) Let’s put some game tables in downtown Northfield

  • 1

    Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago, me and Obama’s stomping grounds, has a long tradition of chess and checkers. Even in the winter, you will often see the die hard players bundled up with big cup of steaming coffee or whatever and intently focused on the game. It adds much to the enjoyment of community.

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    kiffi summa says:

    10-12 years ago the NDDC had a subcommittee called “the Action Squad”. That group recommended game tables along the Riverwalk , but at that time there was no Streetscape Task Force to allocate $$, and the “City” was not buying the idea.

    Howard Merriam was the Director of Parks and Open Lands (or whatever his title was) and he was all for it, but there didn’t seem to be any funding source.

    Now there’s a SSTF expenditure that I believe you could get behind, David Ludescher … right?

  • 3
    Griff Wigley says:

    Ooooh, perfect, Kiffi! Yes, David Ludescher, assistant chess coach at Northfield High School (blog post & photos here), backing the expenditure of Streetscape Task Force money for chess tables.

    How about it, David?

  • 4
    George Kinney says:

    How about recycled plastic?

    Not sure of price (quick Google search) — wouldn’t be as durable as concrete, but easier to replace.

  • 5
    Curt Benson says:

    David and Griff, one could purchase (almost) seven tables with fourteen stools for the price of the recently completed “sidewalk poetry” project which, as near as I can tell, has annoyed people vs delighted people at a ratio of about one bajillion to one.

    Just saying……

  • 6
    Robert Palmquist says:

    Totally like this idea Griff. Here’s an off-the-wall idea for getting game boards in town — during the “Defeat of Jesse James Gang” days we could use chalk to layout a chessboard on Division Street and have people stand in as the chess pieces. I saw this in Germany some time ago, people had fun with it.

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    Arlen Malecha says:

    I think the idea of some game tables in bridge square, along the river walk and/or in the plaza area would be great. Perhaps some local cement masons would have an idea on how to build these. Maybe it would be a good prject for a Boy Scout looking for an Eagle Scout project.

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    Mary Rossing says:

    Robert, I did a human chess game back in 2007 for Harry Potter night. It was held, planned, run, and sponsored by Present Perfect, along with chemistry experiments and quidich races. I believe that a young Ludescher was one of the chess masters calling the moves with a bull horn. Griff has pictures… that seemed to be the appropriate audience for such an event and very well received.

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