Stonehenge Tables

A Brief Introduction…

Stonehenge Tables, are three tables in the Concord Pacific “temporary” Community Park, a recreation oasis in the bleak expanse of asphalt north of Science World. Named by our intrepid ping pong agents for the large landscape feature of arranged stones embedded in the grassy knoll immediately east of the tables, Stonehenge Tables offers the very best of outdoor table tennis in Vancouver. These are super-solid aggregate stone tables with a great bounce. The court area behind both sides of the tables is bounded by low continuous concrete walls serving as a long bench, providing a barrier for most balls that pass your opponent.

Update: June 15, 2022 – As we enter what could be another long, hot summer in the city, it’s important to point out the absolute lack of shade anywhere near the playing area. On hot days, this arena will be an oven. Play the Stonehenge Tables very early or late in the evening when it’s hot.

Ping Pong In Vancouver's Evaluation

The Tables 100%

The three stone tables here at Stonehenge Tables are really first class. True, skateboarders or madmen have eaten away the edges of the tables quite a bit, but the bounce on the aggregate stone surface is superb and lively, and the light steel grid net with a subtle rounded top edge is not terribly hard on your balls even in cold conditions.

The Play Area 85%

The play area immediately surrounding the three stone tables at Stonehenge Tables is asphalt bounded far enough east and west by low concrete walls serving as benches, a place to lean your bike, or lay out your gear. North and south, the asphalt extends without obstruction and 3 gram ping pong balls roll travel far if propelled by the ever-present breeze. PPInVan’s only complaint regards the slight depressions mostly near the north-most two tables that retain puddles of water long after a rain.

The Wind factor 85%

As with any open unsheltered space, unbounded by walls, fences, or the shelter of surrounding buildings, the mostly southerly prevailing winds at Stonehenge Tables can be a factor on any given day, coursing through the playing area unobstructed. If learning to play with the wind is your thing, Stonehenge is the sort of arena destined to be your teacher.

Busy-ness 60%

Surrounded by towering condo buildings in every direction, Stonehenge Tables will likely be a busy table tennis venue on any sunny day where you’ll be limited to 30 minutes per play when others are waiting. PPinVan visited several times on chilly but sunny days this winter and found one or more of the tables in use. That said, it is a very social setting, and it’s easy to connect with the other misfits nearby who enjoy playing ping pong outdoors.

Updated: June 15, 2022 – We’ve adjusted the Busy-ness factor down to 60% (from 100) based on subsequent frequent daytime visits to the tables since the first post during the height of the CV19 pandemic. With the city back to normal, there are many other activities for people to engage in and outdoor ping pong is no longer one of the only games in town.

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