Park's ping pong table is all set for summer

June 04 2013

St Andrew’s Park’s ping pong table will be relaunched this summer in order to raise awareness of table tennis and to get the community actively involved in playing at their local park.

St Andrew’s Park’s ping pong table will be relaunched this summer in order to raise awareness of table tennis and to get the community actively involved in playing at their local park.
Although the ping pong table can be used all year round, it will be promoted again this month as part of the Ping! Bristol initiative.
Nicola Ferris, Bristol City Council’s sports development officer, said: “I was really pleased to see a table in St Andrew’s Park. There’s a really strong enthusiasm for the game. People who haven’t come across it can get a thrill from playing and it is really easy to master at a low level. It can appeal to so many people and it is relatively low cost.”
She explains how St Andrew’s Park fits the criteria for the installation of the table.
“It had to be in a park that was well used and had a community facility like a café.”
Resident Gary Ridelan, 48, said: “I think it’s a great idea. It’s something for the kids to enjoy and not just young ones either. Kids of all ages were there last year.”
When the first few ping pong tables were installed in Bristol in 2005 the council received many emails from Redland residents who wanted a ping pong table in their neighbourhood.
Ping! England has 549 ping pong tables in eight cities, including London.
Initially due to be a temporary event when it started up in 2010, after major success it was launched in other cities including Birmingham and Liverpool.
Last year over 55,000 people played table tennis with Ping! Bristol and 58 volunteers helped with the running of the initiative.
For more information, visit www.pingengland.co.uk.