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

Vancouver's First Outdoor Table Tennis Court

Above image slider: the Windermere Community Table Tennis Court showing the site 1) before construction, 2) an artist’s concept, and 3) the final installation completed on December 4, 2023.

Windermere Table Tennis Court Completed!

Game! Set! Match! The new Windermere Community Table Tennis Court is OPEN for all to enjoy. On December 4 our editor-in-chief stood in the pouring rain along with Brad White, former PE department head, now retired, and provided expertise in the final positioning of the tables. Each of the concrete behemoths weighed around 4500 pounds and the specialized forklift brought in for the job had real difficulty negotiating the tight space of the 14 foot-wide concrete pad, poured the week before. It took about an hour, before the tables were on their mark and shimmed level.

The logistics of the project were significant in hind sight. The site was difficult to access, squeezed in between the fragile rubber surface of the fitness area and the trees and steep slope to the south. Large concrete trucks would not have direct access from the street. A concrete placing boom would have to be used. Tough obstacles to overcome. In the end, the professionals involved at every stage of this project were top-notch. Kudos to the VSB project managers who helped define the maximum space available for the court; to the concrete crew whose site prep and expert pour reduced any slope on the site to near negligible; to the adroit skills of the forklift driver whose machine seemed to be an extension of his body – we here at Ping Pong In Vancouver raise our racquets to everyone who helped bring this first-of-its-kind project together! Thank you.

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Health minister Adrian Dix grants $44,000 to fully fund TT project!

"We are pleased to announce that the next phase of development at the Windermere Community Fitness Park will go ahead! An official-sized table tennis court and two concrete table tennis tables, along with two benches for viewing and resting, has been approved and funded! Our provincial Ministry of Health has provided the funds required to complete this project. Thank you to Health Minister Adrian Dix for his generous support of this permanent community asset."

Funding is now in place for phase two of Windermere Community Fitness Park: a dedicated table tennis court featuring two aggregate stone tables centred on a large concrete pad, making it Vancouver's first safe outdoor space to play table tennis.

This is fantastic news from the Vancouver School Board! The project is now fully funded. Vancouver is about to get its first dedicated, safe, outdoor table tennis court to be located on the school grounds of Windermere Secondary School. One of our main goals at Ping Pong In Vancouver is to advocate for safe, standardized table tennis courts in parks. A few months back, after years of failing to connect in any meaningful way with Vancouver Parks Board, Ping Pong In Vancouver partnered with the VSB to assist in fundraising for Vancouver’s first dedicated outdoor table tennis court.

The new table tennis court will be the main feature of phase two of the development of Windermere Community Fitness Park (WCFP), located on school property adjacent to the street at 27th Avenue and Lillooet Street in east Vancouver. Serendipity played a big role in our involvement with the VSB on this project.

The TT court project began two years ago when one of our editors who lives just down the street from the proposed WCFP got involved in helping the fitness park become a reality. Our guy worked closely with Brad White, Windermere High School PE Director and mastermind behind the WCFP project. He volunteered to build a website and designed an online educational system that allows users of the WCFP to scan QR codes with their smart phone to view animations of exercises performed on each of the 16 stations comprising the fitness park.

Casual conversations between Brad White and our editor during the project often drifted to a mutual interest in racquet sports and specifically table tennis. Both sportsmen commiserated on lack of designated outdoor table tennis infrastructure in Vancouver, unlike other international cities in Europe and Asia that have invested for decades in outdoor table tennis courts. “We put a lot into public tennis courts”, says Brad White, “And the result is Canada has produced awesome junior players over the past decade. Why not do the same for table tennis at a fraction of the cost per court?”

By late July of 2022, phase one of the Windermere Community Fitness park project was completed and opened to the public. The fitness park was a big hit right away and warmly embraced by the community. But there remained an undeveloped strip of grass and weeds approximately 70 by 14 feet bordering along the south edge of the new fitness park. Ideas were floated as to what to do with this space, the main focus of phase two development. Aware of the lack of real table tennis infrastructure in Vancouver, Brad White ultimately suggested that the space would be ideal for a table tennis court. Measurements followed and the space proved both wide and long enough to house two table tennis courts set end to end. Each court would be approximately 14 feet wide and about 35 feet long, well within the court size definition for recreational play set forth by the ITTF. Concrete experts from the VSB visited the site to assess the logistics and to provide an estimate of the cost.

As of March 2023, the concrete pad was estimated to cost $30,000, while the aggregate stone tables built to last indefinitely cost about $7500 each. Vancouver’s first dedicated outdoor table tennis court will cost about $44,000. While this may seem like a lot of money, compare the cost of a table tennis court to the cost of a two-court tennis installation, priced at well over $230,000. It’s one tenth the size, requires no fencing or nets or posts, and can even double as a picnic site if no one’s playing.

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Willingdon Heights Park Tables (Burnaby)

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Public Ping Pong Survey Results

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Table Tennis Clubs

North Shore Table Tennis Club

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Community Centres

Killarney Table Tennis Club

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The VOOTTT

Moody Park Tables (New Westminster)

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The VOOTTT

Lonsdale Table

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The VOOTTT

Edmonds Park Tables (Burnaby)

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What's New

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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Table Tennis Clubs

VTTC – Vancouver Table Tennis Club

The Vancouver Table Tennis Club (VTTC) bills itself as “one of the best table tennis clubs in the Greater Vancouver area”. This is true with respect to the quality of play. There are some very good players here. The VTTC has 8 tables, a wood floor, adequate lighting, the club owners are really nice, but because this club is so busy, playing sessions are limited to 20 minutes. Wait times are often lengthy. A good but very crowded club.

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Table Tennis Clubs

GVTTC – Greater Vancouver Table Tennis Club

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Free Ping Pong

Kits Beach Table

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The VOOTTT

Orchard Commons Tables, UBC

The Orchard Commons Tables are excellent aggregate stone tables with a surface more like 400 grit sandpaper than polished marble. Does it affect the ball? You be the judge when you visit. The ping pong tables are centred in a playing area that is… well, a pit, basically. This pit consists of a playing surface of undulating gravel that has a deepish hole at each end of both tables, a testament to the grinding duels that must have occurred here…

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The VOOTTT

Save On Table

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The VOOTTT

Oxford Place Tables

In the heart of downtown, the Oxford Place Tables is a peaceful ping pong oasis. Two tables are positioned on a small shady plaza just far enough away from busy Hastings Street. Pedestrian traffic is minimal, and the playing area is ample and without any significant objective hazards. Ball containment is pretty good with walls and low barriers in most directions. This is a very nice place to play!

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What's New

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

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Bars & Lounges

Back and Forth Bar

From Google: Cocktails, craft draft beer & snacks offered in a hip, upbeat space with Ping-Pong tables & games. The Back And Forth Bar has 6 ping pong tables for recreational and serious players, board games (Cards of Humanity, Jenga, Checkers, What the Meme), a TV dedicated to Nintendo Classic, beer and wine on tap, a small selection of spirits, snacks and friendly staff who want to make you feel at home in comfortable surroundings. Play and hang out!

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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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The VOOTTT

City Hall Tables

All things considered, this is a nice spot for playing ping pong. And a nice gesture by the city to place public ping pong tables this close to the corridors of power. It gives a ping pong fanatic hope that public ping pong is within the purview of city officials who need only to look out their north windows and gaze down onto the plaza, where two tables, one great, the other so-so, become a momentary focal point for joy, exercise and friendship…

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The VOOTTT

Cambie Bridge South Tables

Two of the four weather-sheltered public ping pong tables in Vancouver are located under the south end of the Cambie Street Bridge. The other two are under the north end of the bridge. The Cambie Bridge South Tables, like the tables under the north end of the bridge, are the German-made Tiger Ping Pong Plaza model: a great design and a lively bounce. Situated among picnic tables in the middle of a slightly cambered pedestrian plaza, there’s enough room to play safely. Keep in mind the several objective hazards like the boulder field about 15 feet behind the east side of the table, and the roadway and bike lane just a few feet from the tables. Some may call this unsafe; we call it multi-tasking.

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Cambie Bridge North Tables

There are two excellent table tennis tables sheltered from the weather under the Cambie Street Bridge on the north side. Like the pair on the south side of the bridge, these tables are the Tiger Ping Pong “Plaza” model, and they are positioned on the brick plaza under the infrastructure of the bridge in an east to west orientation. One ping pong table is a bit better positioned; that is, sheltered better from the rain, but both tables are club-quality outdoor tables and on a fine day this location, with all of the recreational activity going on around, is inspirational and will bring out your best game.

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Adanac Bike Route Table

This funky ping pong table is located at the Vernon-Adanac Plaza, a blocked-off section of Vernon Drive, right where the Adanac-Union bike route takes a wee jog north one block from Union Street onto Adanac Street. It’s an interesting location for a ping pong table to say the least, and it’s easy to see the hipster connotation in locating the table on a bike route…

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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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Empire Fields Tables

The three steel tables at Empire Fields, in the shadow of Vancouver’s beloved wooden roller coaster offer the ultimate outdoor table tennis – ping pong – experience in Vancouver. For the breathtaking setting alone, this is the #1 place for free outdoor ping pong. Big open sky, breathtaking mountain views, an historic setting where the tables are nestled between the one of north America’s last remaining vintage roller coasters and the track where the first sub-four minute mile was won. The Beatles played mere metres from where today, right now, you can play on melodious metal tables…

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Stonehenge Tables

Stonehenge Tables, are three tables in the Concord Pacific play area in the expanse of asphalt north of Science World. Named for the large arranged stones embedded in the grassy knoll immediately east of the tables, Stonehenge Tables offer the best of outdoor table tennis in Vancouver. These are stone tables with a great bounce. The area behind both sides of the tables is bounded by a low continuous concrete wall serving as a long bench, providing a stopper for most balls that pass your opponent.

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