Ping pong (or table tennis) is both a brain game and incredibly physical. Featuring a fast-paced mix of aerobics, strategy and hand-eye coordination, ping pong combines both physical and mental exercise to achieve the ultimate in health and fitness.
How? The speed, spin and placement of the ball requires players to have gross and fine muscle movements. While the constancy and repetition of a rally and the tactical strategies inherent in the game keeps their brain sharp, body agile and blood pumping!
To dive a little deeper, outdoor ping pong delivers in leaps and bounds – for your mind and body.
Every superhero has their origin story and POPP’s began in 2010 when pioneering a concept of Public Playable Art. Using an iconic table design, POPP recognized that ‘artworked’ outdoor ping pong tables created a multitude of cultural, place, social and economic benefits for communities.
Designed for DIY (Do It Yourself) Artwork, the ICON packs a placemaking punch. Artwork that can be applied on the table tops includes original work, typography, contrasting block colors, patterns, logos and slogans, to name a few.
DIY Artwork is applied or coordinated by the customer on site after delivery.
The DIY Artwork options available to customers and all relevant information, guidelines and steps for DIY Artwork preparation and application are included in the DIY Artwork Information Document – available on request.
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Beyond it’s eye-catching aesthetic, the ICON breathes life into community and urban spaces through color, art, activity and connectivity. Since 2010, POPP has partnered with its customers to create authentic, active and engaging outdoor spaces and in doing so, is generating real and measurable economic and social value for communities.
‘Ping Pong Placemaking’ with the ICON is an investment in the physical form
of a ping pong-led space – with proven ROI.
Increase nearby property values by up to 22%.
Reduce crime and violence rates and create safer places to play and relax.
$1 of investment in public space equates to $20.84 worth of economic benefit.
When inactive adults become active, $76.6bn of potential healthcare savings emerge.
Foster inter-community connectivity and cultivate long- term engagement.
Attractive communities are where people want to live, work and play.
POPP seeks to deliver tables to site within 8-10 weeks from time of order.
The ICON table is fabricated from high grade steel and undergoes a comprehensive surface and powder coat treatment. The table weighs approximately 770lbs, is welded and secured fastened and includes securing footings and a discreet racquet and ball holder. The ICON is delivered packed in a custom crate (7 pieces) and can be assembled in approximately 1 hour with 2-3 people.
The ICON table is fabricated locally in our Californian workshop and shipped to site by common carrier via lift gate truck, packed in a protective wooden. POPP does not undertake the assembly or anchoring of tables however ICON Assembly Guidelines and anchoring instructions are provided.
There are a few different options for managing equipment at your POPP table:
Initially encourage local people to bring their own racquets and balls through education about the table and awareness campaigns. We know that as awareness grows, bringing their own equipment becomes a habit.
Weatherproof racquets and balls can be stored in the free-to-access equipment holders on every table, noting that our evidence shows racquets are rarely stolen, lost or irreparably damaged. This is is also a great way of encouraging ‘spontaneous’ play within your community when the table is first installed.
Partner with a local cafe, library or community center to loan or provide racquets and balls for free or with the supply of an 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.
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POPP tables are designed for permanent outdoor installation. They can be moved or repositioned on occasion if landscaping, redevelopment or other events so require it (unlike concrete tables which can only be demolished), however the tables are not of the 'fold-away' variety.
The ICON is suitable for both interior and exterior application and is designed for parks, open spaces, retail and commercial precincts, schools, campuses, health and aged care facilities and student housing and multi-family developments. An ideal place can be anywhere, but please contact email@example.com if you have questions or would like to hear about the types of locations our tables have been installed.
POPP tables can be installed on new or pre-existing surfaces - the general rule of thumb is that the surface must be flat, level and hard-formed.
New or pre-existing surfaces may be paving, concrete, asphalt, crushed granite, crushed limestone, compacted material and soft-fall or recycled rubber surfaces.
Installation and assembly on most surfaces is a simple, fast and one-stage process. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any site planning questions.
The ICON table conforms to the International Table Tennis Federation specifications: 9' x 5' x 2.5' h.