New table tennis court, free to use, now open in Riverside Park

Ping pong at Riverside Park

The Rotary Club of Kamloops Daybreak is setting the table for anyone with a ball and paddle — with a new permanent ping pong court in Riverside Park.

Daybreak Rotary proposed the project to the city about a year ago, and hopes the Riverside Park table will be the first of many in the city.

Jeff Putnam, parks and civic facilities manager for the City of Kamloops, said Riverside will be a trial run for other tables — but so far reactions have been positive.

“We've already heard great feedback,” Putnam said.

For example, the BC Lottery Corporation head office is just behind us, and they have staff groups that come down and play every lunch. They're so excited about it.”

Next spring, another table will be installed on McArthur Island.

The city paid for and poured the cement pad under the table, while the Daybreak Club created and installed the table itself.

As it is built to be outside — made of cement with a metal net — Putnam said the court can be used any time of year.

“You can pretty much play here year round," he said.

"As long as there's no snow and ice on the table tennis court, we’re good to go."

Putnam said he hopes the new addition to Riverside will invite a younger crowd.

“I’m hoping that we can also get younger people playing,” Putnam said.

“Most of the people that I've seen play are adults, but I know when I was a kid I used to have some pretty ferocious tournaments against my dad in our basement.”

The table is now ready to be played on, given competitors bring their own balls and paddles.

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