Councillor Josh Matlow

Post City: Paddles up: outdoor ping-pong growing in popularity

Post City

August 22nd, 2014

Angela Hennessey



Ping-pong tables are hitting parks all over the city — and all you need is a racket (and a ball).



“They have been very successful, people love them,” Coun. John Fillion says.


The first table was added to his ward last year at Mel Lastman Square —located at Sheppard and Yonge — and he has plans to add five more tables by the end of this summer.


“The one in Mel Lastman Square was used almost continuously, and everyone loved it, so we decided to add them in every large park in the ward,” Fillion says.


Tables will be added to Edithvale Park, Gwendolyn Park, Mitchell Field Park, Goulding Park, and a second will be added at Mel Lastman Square.


The tables are concrete — including the legs — and have a metal grate net so that they can withstand the test of time and some of Toronto’s rougher weather conditions. The cost of each is estimated at $5,600, which includes the concrete slab needed for installation and shipping.


Toronto residents have taken to social media this summer to express their gratitude for these “fun” and “awesome” new toys parks have to offer.


“You put these features in parks and people show up,” Fillion says, who added that he’d like to start organizing tournaments this summer.


The urban ping-pong trend has been occurring in major cities all over the world, and in Toronto, it is likely to continue while several other city councillors have already joined in.


“We just got one a year ago in June Rowlands Park at Mount Pleasant and Davisville,” Counc. Josh Matlow says — who used developers’ fees to pay for the tables.


“Certainly it’s been a great success. It’s a really fun and cool thing to have in a park,” he adds.


“I think it’s a fun idea,” avid park-goer, Kristina Minella, said.


Minella frequently hangs-out in Greenwood Park in the eastend where there isn’t yet a table. She’s seems them in other parks and said they are always in use.


“I think our neighbourhood would like it.”


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