Where to play table tennis in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and Coquitlam

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This page contains our breaking stories like reports on new outdoor table tennis installations and other places to play, along with noteworthy events and specials relating to your fave sport. Come back often to read about what’s new and exciting in the world of local ping pong.

BCTTA

The BCTTA: Then and Now

In the latest post in our “Investigating the BCTTA” series, we compare the mandate and mission original BC Table Tennis Association, started by Chandra Madhosingh in the mid-60’s, to today’s BCTTA, now completely unmoored from its original commitment to serve and build the table tennis community in BC. To order to learn about the BCTTA then and now, we spoke with dozens of adults, seniors and kids from the table tennis community.

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Events

Celebrate World Table Tennis Day!

Join Ping Pong In Vancouver in celebrating the ITTF Foundation’s World Table Tennis Day (WTTD) on April 23, 2024. On this date annually groups around the globe celebrate the world’s second largest participation sport. Last year there were more than 440 celebrations in 111 countries. We invite you to be part of Ping Pong In Vancouver’s week-long celebration of WTTD 2024 starting April 16.

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Barriers To Table Tennis Access

Barriers exist that prevent table tennis players like you or your kids from accessing the sport in your community and schools. In this post, PingPongInVancouver.com takes a look at some of these obstacles and suggests what you can do to break down barriers as an empowered citizen and fan of table tennis.

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Induct Dr. Chandra Madhosingh into BC Sports Hall of Fame

Chandra Madhosingh, who died in December of 2022, was known affectionately as the “father of table tennis in BC” for his life-long, multifaceted approach to developing table tennis programs throughout British Columbia. He started the now debased BC Table Tennis Association in the 1960’s with representatives from across the province and over the decades created a network of development services in every region of BC for table tennis players and officials. Let’s honour Chandra’s commitment to our sport posthumously by voting to induct him into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

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The VOOTTT

The Vancouver Open Outdoor Table Tennis Tournament

Ping Pong In Vancouver is proud to be the parent of a new baby, our little VOOTTT, whose full name is (the) Vancouver Open Outdoor Table Tennis Tournament. Over the next month or so of gestation, our little concept will mature rapidly to become Vancouver’s first-ever outdoor table tennis tournament! This much we know for sure: the VOOTTT will be free to enter and will run over the month of May. Registrants will arrange matches with one another at any of the free outdoor tables in Vancouver or Burnaby. Results will be submitted and tallied on the website. That’s the outline. Details to follow…

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Introducing Secret Weapon Sports

PingPongInVancouver.com is pleased to announce that after a long search for a responsible event and gear sponsor, we have partnered with Secret Weapon Sports, a trusted local online source of quality table tennis equipment, shoes and clothing. Secret Weapon Sports was created in 2018 by Jason Li a table tennis player who responded to the dearth of local suppliers by creating his own store, providing lower mainland table tennis players with a competitive alternative to the big online shops.

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BCTTA

My Year of Magical Thinking

From the author: “Here’s a lesson about being careful what you wish for. In a very short period of time, I had gone from being an average table tennis player to being voted in as the communications director of the BC Table Tennis Association (BCTTA). With the directorship came the capacity to initiate positive changes within an agency whose best days seemed to have passed. Or so I thought. This is a brief story of my year as a director of the BCTTA and what I found about about the state of the sport of table tennis in BC.

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This photo is of a large activity room at Marpole Community Centre where you can call-in to play table tennis when the room is free.
Community Centres

A Review of Table Tennis at Vancouver Community Centres

Community centres are the final frontier for those who love to meet up with friends to play table tennis. With few dedicated clubs and sky-high real estate prices in the city, there are no places to play that are as convenient and inexpensive as your local community centre. Despite a city full of community centres, organized table tennis programs are few. It’s our hope this article will motivate table tennis fans to advocate for our sport.

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Ping Pong In New York City

Ping Pong In Vancouver’s Editor-in-Chief Beeyo travelled to New York city this past September to, apart from the touristy things, check out the table tennis scene in the borough of Manhattan. Expecting to find a long established downtown clubs and a thriving community of players around every free ping pong table in town, here’s what he found…

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TT4Ever for Everyone, Everywhere

Who says kids are self-absorbed with their heads buried in social media? Not the kids who make up TT4Ever, a non-profit dedicated to promoting access to table tennis for everyone, for ever. The Ontario-based table tennis advocacy group led by table tennis star and university student Kevin Guo, sprang into being last year. It’s made up of young people like Kevin who have a strong belief in table tennis as a sport that unites people, helps people heal, and extends the boundaries open to people with physical limitations. TT4EVER and the North Shore Table Tennis Club held an exciting fundraising tournament on September 9 drawing excellent local talent and visiting players from Japan and Ukraine.

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Outdoor Table Tennis: Vancouver Vs. Burnaby

We are two years into our mandate to promote and support the development of outdoor table tennis courts in Vancouver parks so it’s time to briefly report on what has NOT happened in the past 24 months. We’ve concluded that Vancouver is really not into providing safe, standardized table tennis courts in parks around the city and things are not likely to change anytime soon. While adjacent municipalities are blazing ahead with outdoor table tennis courts, Vancouver park planners don’t seem to get it at all.

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Public Ping Pong Survey Results

It’s no secret: Vancouver isn’t big on ping pong in parks. To help advocate for safe public ping pong tables in parks, Ping Pong In Vancouver has been asking for your input on where you’d like to see table tennis tables in a park near you. If you live in Burnaby or New Westminster, you can head down to your local park to play table tennis on tables set on an asphalt pad surrounded by grass and shade trees. Why can’t it be the same for citizens of Vancouver? Tell us where you’d like to see a safe place to play ping pong near you!

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Completed: Vancouver’s First Dedicated Table Tennis Court

Great news for Vancouver outdoor table tennis enthusiasts! Last spring Health Minister Adrian Dix granted $44,000 towards the Vancouver School Board’s proposed table tennis court at Windermere Community Fitness Park located at 27th Avenue and Lillooet Street. And as of December 4, 2023, the dedicated table tennis court, a first for Vancouver, is now open. We can’t weight for a dry day to try it out!

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The Players Directory

Ping Pong In Vancouver has finally created a players directory, one of the three main goals we set out to accomplish when we launched the website. We list places to play table tennis and we advocate for ping pong infrastructure in Vancouver parks (although all of our efforts so far to connect with Vancouver Parks planners has been completely ignored). Now we connect ping pong players with partners!

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Building An Awareness Of Our Goal

Ping Pong In Vancouver advocates for public table tennis. Our goal is to bring safe, permanent public ping pong installations to Vancouver’s many parks. There are a lot of ping pong players out there who’d love to play their fave sport outside within the safety of a park. Our main problem so far has been trying to get the attention of city officials and bureaucrats. The people who make decisions. We have pursued the recommended routes of communication over the past 4 weeks, since the launch of this website, but so far our efforts have been unsuccessful…

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Table Tennis Players Need Room

Ping pong is actually a sport. The sport is table tennis. It is the second most popular sport on earth. Players begin by playing ping pong, but as skills sharpen, ping pong players grow into table tennis players, and table tennis players need room to play the sport safely.

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Let’s Take Ping Pong Player Safety Seriously

Ping pong players playing on any of the public ping pong installations we’ve reviewed on this website face objective hazards. Public ping pong tables are currently offered as “afterthoughts”, haphazardly placed, without much regard to a player’s safety, in busy pedestrian areas around the city. In Vancouver, there are no ping pong tables situated in safely within the grassy regions of a park as in the standard in the UK and Germany. Ping pong players deserve for no less than the safety considerations afforded our sister sport, tennis.

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Public Ping Pong Survey

Besides becoming a go-to listing for places to play ping pong in Vancouver, we want to be a voice for promoting public ping pong in Vancouver. Specifically, we would like to see ping pong installations in Vancouver parks consisting of a slab of asphalt or concrete with a table in the middle, surrounded by a safety barrier of lawn, a recreational installation very common in European parks from Derbyshire to Berlin

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Bryant Park Tables, New York City

From the film’s description: “In the middle of New York City, tucked away in the corner of Bryant Park, sit two outdoor ping pong tables where anyone is free to play. Young or old, rich or homeless, it doesn’t matter. During the day, the park provides paddles and balls, but after 7pm the regulars show up, armed with their own. Every night they come together to play each other and battle the elements, playing in the wind, rain and even snow. And out of this shared love of the game, a bond was formed between an unlikely group of people. Filmmaker Jon Bunning profiles the many lives these tables have touched, including the former gangbanger who helped put them there.”

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A Call For Public Table Tennis In Vancouver Parks

Unlike parks in other western countries like Germany, parks in Vancouver, despite the vast unused lawns available, do not contain table tennis playing areas by default. In fact, not a single ping pong table installation exists within a Vancouver park. We are late to the game when compared to our European friends. But what potential we have given our numerous parks for ping pong installations within the safety of a public lawned area. Ping Pong In Vancouver has written this post to help define a standard for a table tennis playing area within any public park.

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