Play ping-pong at Hampstead Park

2015-10-20 06:00
Strangers play table tennis at Cape Town station.

Strangers play table tennis at Cape Town station.

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Harfield Village residents are in for a treat this weekend with a wooden table tennis table at Hampstead Park.

The idea is to have people in the area meet each other as they play a sport, as table tennis is a game that anyone can play.

The table that will be used for the duration of the weekend is from Ping Out, an Open Design Festival initiative aimed at getting strangers to interact with one another in public spaces.

Those who want to play must bring their own bats and balls, just in case those that are supplied are not available.

James Fernie, Harfield Village Association chairperson, says this will help build a solid community.

“When communities come together they can tackle a lot of issues. It leads to a healthy and friendly community. Not only does getting together help fight crime by knowing your neighbour, people talk about important things whilst having fun. We hope that a lot of people will come out and support this initiative, which might lead to other bigger things for the community. Who knows, maybe with time we will have community tournaments at this park,” he says.

The idea of bringing table tennis to the park has been in the pipeline for Fernie for a long time. He has plans for Hampstead Park to have its own cement table tennis and this is a great way to test the concept.

“A lot of people are excited about the wooden one that will come up for a few days and they want something permanent. We are working on it, though we are still in initial stages. The plan is with the engineers to see how best we can have it, how it can be secured so that it will not be vandalised and to make sure that it’s built in a way that it won’t be used by the homeless as a house. This is the last thing that we want to happen. I have also made contact with someone from City parks to see what we can do to make this a reality. When we get all the information we will have the ball running,” he says.

“This weekend will help us judge our plan. We will be looking at things like noise levels and how far the balls can go. If all goes well we will think of putting it in other parks and areas as well.”

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