It looks like Sydney and New York (Washington Square) park chess venues are affected by some sort of government activity. Last week, it was reported that 34 trees will be removed from Sydney's Hyde Park because they were suffering from some form of disease. Looking at the map, the giant chess location should have only minimal disruptions. I was there yesterday and there were no signs that the chess board will be removed. And there was no barrier around it either.
Whereas over in NYC, city officials are planning to refurbish the chess playing area. Kudos to NY officials!