New Collaborative Group to Host First Event in Downtown Richmond to Celebrate Earth Day & Play Chess

Richmond, CA – The Richmond Chess Initiative (RCI) will host its inaugural event in conjunction with Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 at the Community Green Space in Downtown Richmond.

The newly formed collaborative group, which aims to increase access to chess play opportunities for Richmond community members and utilize public spaces, invites the public to participate in their Spring Clean-Up & Chess in the Park event.

Two RCI members–Richmond Main Street Initiative and West Coast Chess Alliance–are co-hosting the event and spearheading efforts to recruit volunteers and chess players for the day. Individuals and groups of all ages are invited to roll up their sleeves and spruce up the Community Green Space park in preparation of upcoming summer events such as the Healthy Village Festival on June 24, then enjoy lunch and chess play.

Park beautification starts at 9am. Chess play & lunch are from 1pm-2pm. Beautification activities will include: weeding (manual & mechanized), debris pick-up, refreshing planters, and cleaning out the park’s storage container to make way for giant chess pieces for future chess play events at the park.

In addition to volunteers, organizers are also seeking to borrow gas-powered grass trimmers (aka weed wackers).

Individuals interested in loaning tools and/or volunteering are encouraged to contact Alicia Gallo, Richmond Main Street at (510) 236-4049 or

Spring Clean-Up & Chess in the Park is hosted by Richmond Main Street Initiative and West Coast Chess Alliance, with generous support from City of Richmond.


Richmond Chess Initiative (RCI) is a collaborative partnership between West Coast Chess AllianceRichmond Main Street InitiativeReentry Success Center, and other groups to increase access to the game of chess in the City of Richmond. They aim to establish the Main Street Community Chess Park and host regular game play programs in order to increase access and use of the park, provide a clean and safe outdoor environment for youth to engage in low-cost, constructive extracurricular activities, and increase visits Downtown, supporting local businesses and contributing to the current revitalization efforts.

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