POPP AKA Public Outdoor Ping Pong
Permanent, weatherproof outdoor ping pong tables for parks, campuses, residential developments and public spaces.
POPP is a pioneer of Ping Pong Placemaking. Spanning across Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Singapore, POPP partners with its clients to cultivate community spaces defined by social recreation, authenticity and grassroots engagement.
The Flagship table is an incredibly robust 700kg / 1545lbs steel, outdoor ping pong table. Fully welded - even the net, securing footings and bat (paddle) and ball holder - there are no removable parts and consequently, no need to worry. The table is delivered with an industrial standard, single colour paint treatment (any colour) but it is originally designed to have artwork applied to its surface... Public Playable Art!
The Local is one of the toughest 'traditional' style outdoor table tennis tables. At 275kg / 610lbs, delivered flat-packed to be assembled on site by the client, the Local table is built from a robust, galvanised steel frame and SafetyNet with a hardwearing composite laminate table top (colour finishes available), bat (paddle) and ball holder and securing footings.
The Ephemeralist is a 315kg / 695lbs, welded and secure-fastened outdoor ping pong table with securing footings. This table is all about design. Classic, architectural and effortlessly minimal, the table is finished in a powdercoated single or dual colour surface treatment, includes a discreet bat (paddle) and ball holder and can be assembled in any location, indoors or outdoors.
Iconic design / shape (registered)
Welded one-piece unit (no removeable parts)
Fixed net, 100% steel, @1545lbs / 700kg
UV rated colours (single or custom)
Perfect for artwork on top and sides
8x securing footings for anchoring
Delivered via HIAB / boom and lift gate truck
Welded and secure-fastened frame
UV rated, compact laminate / HDPE top
275kg / @610lbs
4x securing footings for anchoring
Galvanised steel frame and fixed BounceBack net
Delivered on a pallet for self-assembly
Option to customise frame and net colour
Architectural, minimal design
Welded and secure-fastened frame, fixed net
100% steel, 315kg / @690lbs
Powdercoated, UV rated colours (single or dual colour)
Rigid, pyramidal frame structure for supreme strength
8x securing footings for anchoring
Delivered on a pallet for self-assembly
Indoor and outdoor installation
Ping Pong Placemaking
Ping pong placemaking is an exciting tool in the belt of property owners and managers, community development and engagement officers, parks and recreation departments, school, university and residential life managers, landscape architects, placemakers and place managers. And breathe out.
The breadth of placemaking opportunities gifted by a POPP table include but are not limited to:
• Informal, casual recreation opportunities (daily life)
• Community interaction and engagement opportunities (daily life)
• Competitive sporting tournaments (programming)
• Live artwork applications (programming)
• Evolving art exhibition space (programming)
• Table tennis and education skills development classes (programming)
Public Playable Art
The POPP Flagship and Ephemeralist tables are designed as canvases for artwork.
The POPP concept of Public Playable Art not only brings art, life, colour and authenticity into a community space, but it also creates - through the game of ping pong and the visual storytelling of an artist - a way to capture and develop the grassroots identity and brand of a place. Add to that the opportunity to engender artists and their networks with a sense of pride and ownership over a public space, and the POPP art concept starts to bloom.
Of course, the artwork concept is also an opportunity for customers to apply a logo, park name, motto, sponsor or donor message, or school emblem on the table. In this sense artwork is defined broadly.
"The ping pong table is our legacy to the Blacktown community... it is something that will be enjoyed by everyone in the community, encouraging them to get active and be social for many years to come."
REBEL HANLON, PRESIDENT, BLACKTOWN LIONS CLUB
"Public Outdoor Ping Pong (POPP) is one of the world’s fastest-growing recreational pursuits, with free-to-use tables enlivening public spaces and drawing people from all walks of life to share a game."
JADAH PLEITER, CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, CARDINIA SHIRE COUNCIL
"I can’t think of a day I haven’t seen someone using them."
BRAD PETTIT, MAYOR, CITY OF FREMANTLE
"Number 1 in the Editor's Choice Outdoor Play Products - The Ephemeralist."
RICKY RAY RICARDO, EDITOR, ARCHITECTUREAU.COM
"The introduction of two outdoor table tennis tables has caused much interest and excitement. It is great to see the students being active and enjoying themselves."
PAUL LEECH, APPLECROSS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
"The table is going really well and the community love it. We have a local business that we have provided a stack of bats and balls and people can borrow equipment if they don’t have their own which has been popular."
NADINE WOOLDRIDGE, COORDINATOR, COMMUNITY LEISURE SERVICES, NILLUMBIK SHIRE COUNCIL
"[It] is an urban space development with many placemaking elements. We just never expected that the ping pong table would be the feature."
BEN MCCARTHY, SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER, LANDCORP
"The first table went so well that the university purchased two immediately, and then made plans to acquire a further two soon after."
EMMA JAKOBI, PROJECT MANAGER, CURTIN UNIVERSITY
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POPP seeks to deliver tables to site within 6 weeks from time of order.
The Ephemeralist table is fabricated from high grade steel and undergoes a comprehensive surface and paint treatment. The table weighs 315kg / 690lbs, is welded and secured fastened and includes securing footings and a discreet paddle / bat and ball holder. The Ephemeralist is delivered flat-packed on a pallet and can be assembled in less than 1 hour.
The Flagship table is fabricated from high grade steel and undergoes a comprehensive surface and paint treatment. The fully welded, one-piece table weighs 700kg / 1545lbs - there are no removable parts (including the securing footings, convenient paddle / bat and ball holder and net) and consequently no need to worry.
The Local table frame and net is fabricated from high grade steel and then hot dip galvanised (standard finish tables) for a comprehensive anti-corrosion finish. The table top is a high pressure compact laminate (AUS) / HDPE (US) made specifically for all-year, all-weather outdoor use. The Local table weighs 275kg / 610lbs and is delivered flat-packed on a pallet and can be assembled in less than 1 hour.
Every POPP table is fabricated and painted locally in our US workshop (for US orders) and our Australian workshop (for Australian / New Zealand / Singapore orders) to meet our exacting and tested standards. Delivery is then organised and managed by POPP from our workshop to your site. Deliveries of POPP tables are designed to be easy, fast and completed in one stage.
The cost of delivery is quoted on a case by case basis and depends on the table model, the quantity of tables and the location of and access to the final site. All US orders are freighted from our US workshop. All Australian, New Zealand and Singapore orders are shipped from our Australian workshop.
Please contact us at email@example.com for a shipping quote to your location.
There are a few different options, all of which are covered in our POPP Handbook, provided with every table purchase.
Initially encourage local people to bring their own paddles / bats and balls through education about the table and awareness campaigns. As awareness grows, bringing their own equipment becomes a habit.
Purchase (at a low cost from POPP) weatherproof bats and balls and store them in the free-to-access paddle / bat and ball holders on every table, noting that our evidence shows bats are rarely stolen, lost or irreparably damaged.
Partner with a local cafe, library or community centre to loan or provide paddles / bats and balls for free or with the supply of a identity card or deposit. There is of course scope to have a little note “bats and balls at the cafe” illustrated on the table top.
Where the table is located will determine the preferred option and POPP is happy to provide advice tailored to your location and community. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Every POPP table can be repositioned as and when required. This is one of the best features of POPP tables - unlike concrete tables which can only be demolished - POPP tables can be moved and relocated if landscaping, development or other applications so require it. Please contact email@example.com if you have repositioning questions.
POPP tables are installed in recreational parklands, foreshores, boardwalks, malls, town, urban and regional centres, schools, universities, student housing facilities, residential developments, detention centres, health and aged-care facilities, retail and commercial precincts and adjacent to skateparks. In many ways, each of these spaces is the ideal place for their community.
Firstly, an important question to ask is ‘what the objectives for that space are?’ Once these objectives, whether they are increased activity, vibrancy, community engagement etc, are understood, it is then important to look at the physical elements of the space and to assess their dynamics (POPP can assist). Is there seating, lighting, a good playing surface, nearby amenities? We work with a diverse array of communities and spaces and because of this, every placement is different. Fortunately, the experienced POPP team of placemakers, designers and delivery managers are happy to assist and provide you with site-specific advice on your placement - and ongoing advice on its activation.
We encourage you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with details (and images) of your location and its surrounding environment, the current uses and users of the space and the desired uses and users of the space so that your community can benefit from our placemaking knowledge and experience.
POPP tables are predominantly installed on pre-existing surfaces including paving, concrete, asphalt, crushed granite and crushed limestone. Installation and assembly for these sites is a simple, fast and one-stage process.
Flagship tables are delivered to site as a fully-welded, one-piece unit via a HIAB / boom truck (truck with hydraulic crane arm attachment) or on a tail-lift / lift-gate truck with a pallet trolley. Where truck access to the final site location is not possible, POPP will prepare an alternative delivery plan that may include a pallet trolley, forklift or - in very rare circumstances - a crane, to position the table.
Ephemeralist tables are delivered to site on a pallet via a tail-lift / lift-gate truck only. POPP does not undertake the assembly or anchoring of tables however POPP Ephemeralist Assembly Instructions are provided and POPP is available to assist with assembly enquiries.
Local tables are delivered to site on a pallet via a tail-lift / lift-gate truck only. POPP does not undertake the assembly or anchoring of tables however POPP Local Assembly Instructions are provided and POPP is available to assist with assembly enquiries.
Where a new playing area is being prepared, POPP provides advice and in certain cases, recommended concrete strip footing and slab specifications, as required. POPP is available to assist with the site requirements enquiries.
POPP and outdoor ping pong have found their home in urban landscapes. Our table tennis tables, and the life that comes with them, are transforming spaces into active and engaging community hubs. We work with a diverse array of communities and spaces and because of this, every placement is different. However, there are certain features that add to, enable or complement the placement of a POPP table. These features include seating, lighting, a good playing surface to nearby amenity and people, and of course a tailored POPP activation strategy to coherently tie it all together.
POPP tables are located in recreational parklands, foreshores, boardwalks, malls, town, urban and regional centres, schools, universities, detention centres, health facilities, retail and commercial precincts and adjacent to skateparks. For each space, they add a dimension of activity, vibrancy and engagement to a space.
Our team of POPP placemakers and designers have a wealth of experience in placemaking and place activation. One point that leads any discussion on activation strategies is a need to understand the space, its surrounding environment, its current uses and users and its desired uses and users - we refer to these elements as the Place Objectives. We will be happy to work with you to develop a tailored placemaking strategy or activation ideas for your space that is both right for your community and easy to execute. Please contact email@example.com to find out more.
All POPP tables conform to the International Table Tennis Federation specifications: 2740 x 1525 x 760mm h or foot: 9’ x 5’ x 2.5' h.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding recommended playing area dimensions.
At POPP, we love public art, and on a ping pong table, we can call it Public Playable Art! The Flagship and Ephemeralist tables are designed specifically for artwork. The options for artwork can be:
• A client commissioned artwork (artwork that is developed and applied by a local artist commissioned by the client in accordance with the POPP Artwork Guidelines)
• A POPP designed artwork (artwork that is developed and applied by POPP in accordance with the POPP Artwork Guidelines and the client brief)
• A client designed / POPP applied artwork (artwork that is developed by the client and applied by POPP in accordance with the POPP Artwork Guidelines)
For artwork designed and applied by you or an artist commissioned by you, POPP will provide Artwork Guidelines and artwork templates to assist in the concept development and application of the artwork. POPP is also available to assist with artwork and application enquiries.
For artwork designed and applied by POPP or an artist commissioned by POPP - costs are quoted on a case by case basis and will depend on the brief, the intricacy of the design / artwork and the most appropriate method of application.
To find out more about the artwork process and pricing, please contact email@example.com