Glendale California Chess Park

Chess Park is a passageway between the Orange St. Garage and Brand Blvd., directly across from the Alex Theatre. Its Chessboard theme includes large lighting fixtures in the shape of chess pieces, tables with built in chess boards, and a small stage (97" x 213").

Chess Park
227 North Brand Blvd - located between 2 stores on Brand Blvd. Site Passageway between Orange St. Garage and Brand Blvd.

Glendale, CA 91202
7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily
Reservations: (818) 548-3813

4,500 square feet
16 concrete chess tables
black-and-white inlaid boards
project cost: $540,000
design: Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Chess Park includes chess themed light towers, 16 pre-cast chess tables and chess piece structures. The chess pieces demarcate the entry points to the park and differentiate the activity zones within the park. The Chess Park is a joint venture project between the City's Development Services, Public Works and Parks, Recreation & Community Services Divisions.

Glendale's Redevelopment Agency directed staff to pursue the concept of a "chess park" at the Brand Boulevard passageway. As part of its research, a committee visited the chess park adjacent to the Santa Monica pier. The Glendale Chess Park officially opened on July 17, 2004.

Five light towers made of synthetic canvas and recycled plastic and wood adorn the park. Each tower represents a different chess piece; King, Queen, Rook, Knight, and Pawn. The King presides over the entrance to the park and sits next to a small stage which can be used for story-telling and performances. The Rook provides a securable storage locker.

Glendale Parks and Recreation is in charge of the parks in Glendale and some surrounding areas in La Crescenta. For reservations and permit information call: (818) 548-2184 or Glendale parks are the hub of activity for a variety of sports entertainment, picnics, events and even chess. Above is the Chess Park in Glendale.


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