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Permanent ping pong table in Riverside Park now ready for public use

The table, free to use, was installed via a partnership between the City of Kamloops and the Rotary Club of Kamloops Daybreak. More tables will be erected in the future

Calling all table tennis/ping pong players with their own paddles — there’s now a place for you at Riverside Park.

A new, permanent table tennis setup officially opened to the public this week — thanks to a partnership between the City of Kamloops and the Rotary Club of Kamloops Daybreak.

The club recently purchased two concrete tables with metal nets, which the municipality is installing.

The Riverside Park table is now ready to receive competitors equipped with their own balls and paddles while another table will be erected on the McArthur Island table next spring, near where the outdoor exercise equipment is located, at the east side of the park.

The table at Riverside is appropriately located next to the tennis and pickleball courts.

Bryce Herman of Rotary Daybreak told KTW the city was unable to pour the concrete pad in time for the North Kamloops table to open before winter.

He said ping pong tables were chosen as it is a game virtually anyone can play as long as they have a paddle and a ball.

“This is something, in our minds, that is not an elitist sport,” Herman said. “Anybody can do this. It doesn’t matter who you are.”

Past Rotary president Tony Gilbert told KTW he got the idea for the tables when he noticed there were many installed in the Toronto area.

“I just thought it’d be kind of cool. We do so much around the community, from donations to food drives, I just thought something more tangible made sense,” Gilbert said, noting he had a match against his daughter planned for Friday afternoon (Oct. 1).

He said the Rotary Club intends to install more of the tables throughout kamloops in the future.