ABC7 visits downtown College Park to see the new giant chess set in action.
Monday, June 4, 2012
ABC 7 cameras stopped in College Park to check out the oversized chess set, purchased by the city to encourage more activity in the downtown commercial area. "It's a college town. More people have free time during the day, so we're just hoping more people outside kind of create more of a buzz," Economic Development Coordinator Michael Stiefvater told the news station. City residents and visitors can borrow the chess pieces for free from City Hall and use them on the chess grid built into the sidewalk at Knox Road and U.S. Route 1, Patch reported last week. The report includes comments from workers, business owners and university students, who say the game set is a worthwhile attempt to draw more activity to the area. Watch ABC 7 here…
City makes use of over-sized sidewalk chess grids, buying matching chess pieces, in hopes to promote more downtown activity.
When Economic Development Coordinator Michael Stiefvater learned of the giant chess grids built into the sidewalk on Knox Road, he thought they should be put to use. The city recently purchased an oversized set of chess pieces that can be borrowed for free at City Hall. It's all a part of trying to attract visitors to downtown College Park in hopes that they'll also go to the shops and restaurants, Stiefvater said. "The chess set is a simple idea that hopefully is a precursor to other ideas such as a temporary art project in some of the vacant storefronts, monthly downtown events during the summer, an expanding farmers market, etc.," he wrote in an email to Patch. The grids are located at the corner of Knox Road and U.S. Route 1, outside…