New Seattle park’s chess board honors police detective

A giant chess board was installed as part of a new park honoring a Seattle Police Department detective.

SEATTLE — A giant chessboard is now in the heart of the Rainier Beach neighborhood as part of a new park honoring a Seattle Police Department detective.

On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of people made their way to the opening of a new park called Detective Cookie Chess Park in Seattle’s rainier beachfront neighborhood, located at the corner of Rainier Avenue and 51st Avenue. The park is named after Detective Denise “Cookie” Bouldin, who has worked with the Seattle Police Department for 35 years. Not only does it have a large chessboard in the middle of the park, but also built-in chess tables for more people to play and learn the game.

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Detective Bouldin is a major figure in youth ministry throughout Seattle. Detective Bouldin started a weekly chess club at the Rainier Beach Community Center and Rainier Beach Library that has existed since 2006 to bring people together.

“People learn about each other’s cultures, they learn how to interact with one another, and they learn how to be friends,” said Detective Bouldin.

She said she is honored to be the park’s namesake in a community she loves.

“It’s not a dream anymore, and my whole thing is hopefully getting more of it around the city of Seattle, more Detective Cookie Chess Parks, so I’m just blown away. I’m overwhelmed,” said Detective Bouldin.

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