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Make Your Move In Downtown West Palm Beach Outdoor Chess Park

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (October 12, 2022) – Kings and Queens of South Florida – It’s your move in Downtown West Palm Beach! On National Chess Day, the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) celebrated the grand opening of the Fern Street Chess Park, a fun, new, outdoor community space with chess boards in a centrally located park full of shade. Located at 402 S. Dixie Highway, the Chess Park is open seven days a week, sunrise to sunset, for all ages and skill levels and is the first established chess park in Palm Beach County. Chess sets will be available but in limited supply, so players are encouraged to bring their own sets and timer.  

“As Downtown West Palm Beach continues to grow in both the number of residents and visitors, this peaceful respite will create new opportunities for social interaction, bringing together a diverse range of people from all ages and backgrounds,” said DDA Executive Director Raphael Clemente. “Over the coming months, we look forward to seeing how people connect on a daily basis; whether learning the game, reuniting, meeting a neighbor, or chess competitions among local clubs.” 

Through the new Chess Park, the DDA aims to enhance connectivity within the Downtown community, extending the sense of a neighborhood feeling for residents and visitors while creating comfortable street spaces and encouraging foot traffic and the pedestrian experience.  

Chess gained popularity in 2020 following the release of The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix. As a result, tens of millions of new players have been attracted to the game, with a percentage right here in West Palm Beach. 

For further information about the DDA, please visit or call (561) 833-8873. 


About the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority 

The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities. 

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