New downtown initiative is more playful than most

New downtown initiative is more playful than most

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Its just allowing people the opportunity to play during the day, McElroy said. We already have this great green space, and this is a way to activate it. The RDA hopes the games will be available during weekdays through the end of October. Right now, McElroy thinks the game cart will be out Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We tried to think, What are games people might not know? she said. Can we introduce a cultural component?

But if the RDA succeeds in finding partners in the area who are willing to house the cart, those hours could lengthen, and people downtown could socialize (and reduce stress from a long workday, perhaps) longer.

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On May 7,Games on the Grasswill kick off in Peace Plaza with minute-to-win-it plays for prizes, free hotdogs (for the first 75 attendees), and the debut of many of the activities. The RDA has a cart with various lawn games and board game pieces, which is paired with metal tables that have game decals on the top.

The alliance has already partnered with DMC and University of Minnesota Rochester to choose and source the games. They chose some unusual games to pair with the usual suspects (checkers, bean bag tosses), McElroy said, like molkky, a type of Viking bowling.

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One of the biggest questions we get is, What can I do for 20 minutes? said Karli McElroy, RDAs program manager. People want to kill time in between appointments, on a lunch break, in a way that is fun.

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eRochester Downtown Alliancewas looking to fill small gaps in residents days when they came up with the new Games in the Grass program.

Anne writes for Rochester Magazine and the Post Bulletin. She hails from Lafayette, Indiana and enjoys reading, tea-drinking, and her cat, Newt Scameownder.

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