Public Ping Pong
The People's Table is a free, outdoor, and artistically designed ping pong table promoting real connections between people of diverse communities through play and art, focusing on areas with a need for positive social and civic engagement.
Public ping pong inserts play and fun into the daily life of our community. Whether you play against a friend or engage a stranger in some friendly competition, taking ping pong from the privacy of basements, offices and rec centers into the street can enliven our public places. With the current transformation of mid market in full swing, we have aptly named our table THE PEOPLE'S TABLE because it is free for all to enjoy, no matter your income, lifestyle, form of employment or housing situation. THE PEOPLE'S TABLE also serves as a canvas for local artists to express themselves, and simultaneously provides a fun and interactive setting for the entire community of mid market.
As the world's second most popular sport behind soccer, people of all ages and cultures have experienced the simple joy of a pong rally. It requires concentration, eye hand coordination, and a touch of swag. You don't need a uniform or special clothing to enjoy a random game at a moment's inspiration. With tables designed to withstand outdoor conditions, ping pong can be enjoyed under the sun, in the fog, or under the stars. Paddles and balls will be stored under the table on a shelf or with a local business so that they can be checked out. Cities like Barcelona and Berlin already enjoy a hearty outdoor ping pong culture, and the climate and vibe of the Bay Area makes it a perfect place to establish a ping pong revolution; one that involves play, art, design, community and healthy competition.
Community outreach will be conducted through social and more traditional methods like word of mouth and flyers. We will also reach out to local non profits such as United Playaz to receive their support and input in terms of styles and table designs, and organize some fun outdoor tournaments.
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