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(National Post)   "People are just thrilled by concrete ping-pong tables in Toronto parks" says Toronto city councillor. "This is why we pay taxes"   (news.nationalpost.com) divider line 94
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2013-06-19 09:05:02 PM
That IS cool!
 
2013-06-19 09:09:06 PM

Mike Chewbacca: That IS cool!


Kind of like a functional statue.
 
2013-06-19 09:10:18 PM
Sweet. Hell, I'd pay two bucks for that and I don't even live in Ontario, let alone Toronto.
 
2013-06-19 09:12:22 PM
Canada really is turning asian at a remarkable rate. It's like watching magic or something
 
2013-06-19 09:13:00 PM
Are we liking this because we don't know how to drink beer without being frat douches, or because we actually really like ping pong?
 
2013-06-19 09:13:50 PM

MooseUpNorth: Sweet. Hell, I'd pay two bucks for that and I don't even live in Ontario, let alone Toronto.


I'm in Mississauga, I would think it would be really cool to have that in a a local park here. And yeah, I wouldn't mind my tax dollars going to encouraging people to play outside and get some fresh air and sun.
 
2013-06-19 09:17:55 PM
Imagine the dramash*tfest that would happen in the US by republicans if this was suggested here.
 
2013-06-19 09:20:13 PM
I thought myself fortunate to spend a few hours at my private health club just lounging in a massive, air conditioned and glassed in swimming pool all by myself. I thought about back when I was a kid and went to one of the civic pools during the summer. Full of kids and kaos and sunscreen. $40 a month for membership beats the hell out of any civic facilities.

Maybe the tragedy of the commons isn't quite so severe in Toronto.
 
2013-06-19 09:20:30 PM

God-is-a-Taco: Canada really is turning asian at a remarkable rate. It's like watching magic or something


narwhaler.com
 
2013-06-19 09:20:54 PM

TV's Vinnie: Imagine the dramash*tfest that would happen in the US by republicans if this was suggested here.


The table would have to look like a giant bible or the ten commandments.
 
2013-06-19 09:21:14 PM
There's a reason ping pong is usually played indoors.

/tinyiest gust of wind
 
2013-06-19 09:21:19 PM
Ok, now that really is cool & a very good use of tax money.  At first I was thinking that $5600 was a lot for just a big solid table but compared to useless statues or other silly things cities do, it is money well spent.
 
2013-06-19 09:21:52 PM

TV's Vinnie: Imagine the dramash*tfest that would happen in the US by republicans if this was suggested here.


According to a conspiracy theory I just made up, public parks are part of the UN's plan to take over America.  Open space for tent-based mass indoctrination camps.

/actually makes sense than the bicycle-sharing conspiracy theories
 
2013-06-19 09:22:36 PM
concrete ping pong tables / concrete beds for the homeless
 
2013-06-19 09:23:15 PM
 
2013-06-19 09:24:14 PM

God-is-a-Taco: Canada really is turning asian at a remarkable rate. It's like watching magic or something


You really think so?

I'm wondering who was smoking crack when they signed off on this.
 
2013-06-19 09:24:14 PM
I would be thrilled to see my tax dollars used on something like this instead of the garbage it actually gets wasted on.
 
2013-06-19 09:25:09 PM
Well done.
It may be a bit expensive, but it's functional and looks as good (or better) than some public art that costs a lot more. And any vendor in/near the park can probably rent out paddles and balls.

How can I get one installed in my nearest park?

Also, what's the news on Detroit's Robocop statue?
 
2013-06-19 09:25:21 PM

Cluckity: There's a reason ping pong is usually played indoors.

/tinyiest gust of wind


Shush. You're supposed to marvel at the genius of spending relatively tiny portions of the taxpayers money on useless but cool things.
 
2013-06-19 09:25:58 PM

Cluckity: There's a reason ping pong is usually played indoors.

/tinyiest gust of wind


This.

Also, a concrete net would make the ball do funky things.
 
2013-06-19 09:27:40 PM
"They're great places to sit and smoke crack!" added Mayor McCrack, who then posed like Elvis and farted loudly.
 
2013-06-19 09:28:18 PM
They won't last long because next week they'll break out the jackhammers looking for Jimmy Hoffa.
 
2013-06-19 09:28:29 PM

Great Janitor: concrete ping pong tables / concrete beds for the homeless


Given how cold it can get this will make the coroners job easier.
 
2013-06-19 09:32:35 PM
I can't help but think that Leslie Knope is somehow responsible for this.
 
2013-06-19 09:34:42 PM
Since its concrete there is no need for maintenance training.

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2013-06-19 09:34:58 PM

suziequzie: Mike Chewbacca: That IS cool!

Kind of like a functional statue.


Exactly. Plus, of course, if you can attach plaques to them, the idea of encouraging sponsorship of such things in public parks can be pushed.
 
2013-06-19 09:35:32 PM
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2013-06-19 09:38:26 PM

Senseless_drivel: Since its concrete there is no need for maintenance training.

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It's concrete in Toronto. A few winters and they'll need a new top.
 
2013-06-19 09:39:15 PM
I thought taxes in Toronto were for fueling the Mayor's crack addiction?
 
2013-06-19 09:42:57 PM

Chris45215: Well done.
It may be a bit expensive, but it's functional and looks as good (or better) than some public art that costs a lot more. And any vendor in/near the park can probably rent out paddles and balls.

How can I get one installed in my nearest park?

Also, what's the news on Detroit's Robocop statue?


Apparently it's GODDAMN MAJESTIC.

http://www.avclub.com/articles/detroits-robocop-statue-is-almost-don e- and-its-god,97725/
 
2013-06-19 09:47:07 PM

19 Kilo: Chris45215: Well done.
It may be a bit expensive, but it's functional and looks as good (or better) than some public art that costs a lot more. And any vendor in/near the park can probably rent out paddles and balls.

How can I get one installed in my nearest park?

Also, what's the news on Detroit's Robocop statue?

Apparently it's GODDAMN MAJESTIC.

http://www.avclub.com/articles/detroits-robocop-statue-is-almost-don e- and-its-god,97725/


I had to send that link to my BF, he's a HUGE Robocop fan.
 
2013-06-19 09:47:24 PM

logic523: Cluckity: There's a reason ping pong is usually played indoors.

/tinyiest gust of wind

This.

Also, a concrete net would make the ball do funky things.


I've played on these things loads of times. They work just fine.
 
2013-06-19 09:48:04 PM
The tables would be smash to bits the first year by urban youth.

//See Chicago .
 
2013-06-19 09:48:13 PM
"The tables, Mr. Layton said, were inspired by similar public ping-pong tables in urban parks in Germany. "

So did anyone in Toronto actually ask to have them installed? Maybe he can't afford to put a concrete table in his backyard, but he could buy one for his basement for $200.
 
2013-06-19 09:48:15 PM
TFA: "Councillor Gord Perks made the rounds at city hall this week to laud the newest "wonderful amenity" in his ward"

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2013-06-19 09:48:29 PM
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2013-06-19 09:48:54 PM
Robocop looks amazing, well worth it.  Does Philly get grief for the Rocky statue?
 
2013-06-19 09:49:44 PM
Yeah, sure. Let us praise the state for using violence (taxes) to build something actually useful for a change; that they hope we forget the large chunk money they take for things we dislike. Sounds like bribery to me.

Ping pong bribery.
 
2013-06-19 09:55:55 PM

Dr.Mxyzptlk.: The tables would be smash to bits the first year by urban youth.

//See Chicago .


DIAF, dumbass.

Off the top of my head, here are the games I see regularly played in Chicago Park District facilities:

Baseball
Softball
Ice hockey
Floor hockey
Boxing
Tennis
Chess
Bicycling
Weight lifting
Swimming
Football
Soccer
Bocce
Horseshoes
Running
Basketball
Beach volleyball
Indoor volleyball

/ We have awesome parks
// And no teabaggers yelling SOSHALISM!! at any hint of friendly cooperation
 
2013-06-19 09:56:24 PM
Net looks like plastic or rubber bolted to the slab.  Not going to last long.
 
2013-06-19 10:01:20 PM
TV's Vinnie

Imagine the dramash*tfest that would happen in the US by republicans if this was suggested here.

Because 6k per table is such a wise investment.
 
2013-06-19 10:02:07 PM

Target Builder: logic523: Cluckity: There's a reason ping pong is usually played indoors.

/tinyiest gust of wind

This.

Also, a concrete net would make the ball do funky things.

I've played on these things loads of times. They work just fine.


Do you find that the ball bounces off the table faster than on a standard TT table?  How about the surface, is it smoother or more rough than a standard table?
 
2013-06-19 10:02:55 PM
They look great. They have certain drawbacks as far as table tennis goes: wind & rigid nets.
In the USA you would see kids jumping their skateboards off them.
This is why we can't have nice things.
 
2013-06-19 10:05:29 PM
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Meanwhile in Pennsyltucky
 
2013-06-19 10:07:25 PM
After the announcement, Rob Ford was seen rushing to one of the parks after he heard a rumor that one of the tables had [a] crack.
 
2013-06-19 10:08:17 PM

Target Builder: logic523: Cluckity: There's a reason ping pong is usually played indoors.

/tinyiest gust of wind

This.

Also, a concrete net would make the ball do funky things.

I've played on these things loads of times. They work just fine.


That's nice to hear. I was hoping whoever promoted the idea had at least checked it out for practicality. Bu you never know.
 
2013-06-19 10:08:17 PM

Dr.Mxyzptlk.: The tables would be smash to bits the first year by urban youth.

//See Chicago .


*Yawn*

Yes, all your problems are the fault of those "Chicago Urbans" and "ethnics".  It's all their fault you're an ignorant loser!
 
2013-06-19 10:08:31 PM

TV's Vinnie: Imagine the dramash*tfest that would happen in the US by republicans if this was suggested here.


I bet it would look like the comments on TFA
 
2013-06-19 10:10:27 PM

js34603: I would be thrilled to see my tax dollars used on something like this instead of the garbage it actually gets wasted on.


I'm normally the first to bash government spending but $5,600 for this isn't bad, simple physical item that encourages people to be active outdoors. It would be nice if they were sourced locally as well. If you went through the parks budget there would be a lot more than $5,600 in waste, considering a single patronage job is at least $60K a year.
 
2013-06-19 10:10:29 PM

wildcardjack: I thought myself fortunate to spend a few hours at my private health club just lounging in a massive, air conditioned and glassed in swimming pool all by myself. I thought about back when I was a kid and went to one of the civic pools during the summer. Full of kids and kaos and sunscreen. $40 a month for membership beats the hell out of any civic facilities.


$40 a month to have a pool to yourself does sound great for an adult.

But for a kid, that would suck.
 
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