Chess/Checkers Tables Installed in Downtown Bath

Chess Tables Installed at Elm Street Plaza Courtesy of Age-Friendly Communities of the Lower Kennebec

Age-Friendly Communities of the Lower Kennebec, a grassroots organization which works within Bath, Arrowsic, Georgetown, Phippsburg, West Bath and Woolwich, has installed community chess tables in downtown Bath to help foster intergenerational connections.

The project was truly a community effort: materials were funded with grants from the Davenport Trust and AARP, vocational students at Bath Tech constructed the tables and seats, and the City of Bath Planning Department and Public Works Department helped select a location (Elm Street Plaza) and execute the installation. 

The tables were formally opened to the public on Saturday, November 6. Chess and checkers players of all ages faced off, fueled by goodies made by Bath Tech culinary arts students. It was a welcome social event in the face of the isolation many have endured due to COVID-19.

Players are encouraged to bring their own game pieces to the tables, but playing pieces for public use are also held at Maine Street Design Co. across the street.

View the Portland Press Herald's coverage of this event: https://www.pressherald.com/2021/11/08/in-bath-chess-games-help-bridge-generations/?fbclid=IwAR04aNUM3sDFue4SzHEL7FkhnRej8AoTInxqK_7_oJ54CwNAd9tu7y5N1PM 

Age-Friendly Communities of the Lower Kennebec is a local grassroots initiative with this vision: In our communities, people of all ages are able to live safely and comfortably in their homes; get easily to where they want to go; enjoy social connections that nourish their souls; make a contribution in our communities; help others in multiple generations and receive the support they need to thrive. Everyone is respected, everyone is included, everyone belongs.

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