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Monopoly in the Park: The largest game board in the world is in San Jose

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Perhaps one of the only places where you can go directly to jail without actually committing a crime is in San Jose.

The city is home to the Guinness Book of World Record’s acknowledged largest permanent outdoor Monopoly board.

The board was originally built in 1992 by a local granite company for an exhibition at the San Francisco Landscape and Design Show. It was then purchased by San Jose Beautiful, which turned it into a permanent exhibit in San Jose’s Discovery Meadow near the Children’s Discovery Museum. It opened for business in 2002.

The 930-square-foot game board consists of corner pieces weighing 246 pounds and regular property and utility squares weighing 140 pounds.

Monopoly in the Park is currently run by Friends of San Jose and is available for rent by large groups wanting to play with jumbo dice, wear giant token-shaped hats, and even wear prison uniforms if ordered to “Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.”

Rentals include the playing pieces and other props, along with docents who act as coordinator, announcer, and banker. Proceeds from the rental help support improvements of San Jose attractions and ecological education for children.

Pricing for Monopoly in the Park starts at $300. Reservations should be made at least 30 days prior to the event date. For more information, or to book a date for Monopoly in the Park, visit www.monopolyinthepark.com.

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