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Bocce and Chess Ribbon Cutting

  • Dexter Training Ground Parade & Oak Streets Providence, RI 02909 (map)

Photo courtesy of Taylor Polites

Celebrate the completion of our Bocce and Chess in the Park project with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Dexter Training Ground. Join neighbors, elected officials and the Jeffrey Family for a "throw of the first ball" as we honor the partners, volunteers and inspiration that made this project happen.

Celebration starts at 4pm at the courts (near Parade & Oak Streets) before the kickoff performance of West Side Thursdays, WBNA's summer concert series. After a brief ceremony, expert chess player Russ Jeffrey will lead a Chess Program where kids can learn how to play chess and win prizes for solving chess problems.

In this week before the ribbon cutting, three chess tables made by The Steel Yard and a sign by Providence Painted Signs will be installed near the bocce courts along with an interpretive panel by Taylor Polites on the history of bocce at the park, bocce rules and how to play, and background on Gilda & Bob Jeffrey, the neighbors in whose honor this new park addition has been built.

After the event, stay at the park to enjoy the first performance of our West Side Thursdays series along with other family-friendly activities and the Armory Farmer's Market and Beer Garden.

Bocce Courts and Chess in the Park was a gift to our community from the Jeffrey family in honor of their parents, Bob and Gilda Jeffrey, an example and force of positive change on Providence's west side.