Mayors' Chess Challenge Offers Chance to Match Wits with Parkland's Rich Walker
Parkland Mayor Rich Walker.

By Sharon Aron Baron

Do you have what it takes to match wits with Mayor Rich Walker? Now’s your chance to make your move.

The Parkland leg of the Mayors’ Chess Challenge takes place on Saturday, January 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Parkland Recreation and Enrichment Center (PREC) located at 10559 Trails End. 

Offered as a free and friendly series of meet-ups in cities across Broward County, the event was initially created by Sunrise Mayor Michael J. Ryan in cooperation with mayors from throughout South Florida to draw attention to the benefits of playing chess.  

More than just a chance to learn and/or play a classic game that encourages concentration and a battle of wits, the Mayors’ Chess Challenge offers a laidback setting to interact with city leaders. 

Never played chess before? No worries.

For attendees who are new to the game and would like to participate, there will be free lessons and instructions available at the event. All you must do to participate is show up to the event ready to learn one of the oldest games ever played. 

Novice or chess connoisseur, you may even get to leave the event saying you matched wits with the Mayor of Parkland himself. 

2024 Mayors Chess Challenge Schedule

City of Parkland
January 27, 2024 – 9 am to 11 am
Recreation and Enrichment Center
10559 Trails End
954-757-4107 or 954-757-4121

City of Plantation
February 3, 2024 – 10 am to noon
Volunteer Park
12050 W Sunrise Boulevard

City of Delray Beach
February 10, 2024 – 10 am to 1 pm
Old School Square Fieldhouse
51 N. Swinton Ave.
561-243-7250 x5204

City of Pompano Beach
February 17, 2024 – 10 am to 1 pm
Pompano Beach Cultural Center
50 West Atlantic Boulevard

City of North Lauderdale
February 24, 2024 – 10 am to noon
North Lauderdale Teen / Recreation Center
701 SW 71st Avenue

City of Coconut Creek
March 2, 2024 – 10 am to noon
Recreation Complex
4455 Sol Press Blvd.

City of Lauderhill
March 9, 2024 – 11 am to 1 pm
Veterans Park
7600 NW 50th Street

City of Hollywood
March 23, 2024 – 9 am to 11 am
Driftwood Community Center
3000 NW 69th Ave

City of Miramar
March 30, 2024  – 9 am to 11 am
Sunset Lakes
2801 SW 186th Ave

City of Fort Lauderdale
April 6, 2024  – 10 am to 1 pm
Riverland Park
950 SW 27th Avenue

City of Boca Raton
April 20, 2024  – 10 am to 1 pm
Boca Raton Public Library
1501 NW Spanish River Boulevard

City of Cooper City
April 20, 2024 – 9 am to 11 am
Pool & Tennis Center
11600 Stonebridge Parkway
954-434-4300 xt 272

City of Coral Springs
April 27, 2024 – 10 am to noon
Mullins Hall
10170 NW 29th Street

City of Pembroke Pines
May 11, 2024 – 9 am to 11 am
Club 19 at Pembroke Lakes
Golf & Racquet Club
10500 Taft Street

City of Lauderdale Lakes
TBA – 5 pm to 8 pm
Multipurpose Auditorium
4340 NW 36th Street

City of Wilton Manors
TBA – 10 am to noon
Hagen Park Community Center
2020 Wilton Drive

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Sharon Aron Baron
Sharon Aron Baron
Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.