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Jaytol Kte

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Ping-Pong was slightly embarrassing to play and seen as kit schy but has since been adopted by downtowners by appropriating suburban ethnic bric-a-brac observing their escape out of the burbs. (See also: grilled cheese sandwiches, board game pubs, picnicking, etc.) First came Spin Toronto, a King West club dedicated to the paddle arts. And now the sport has a concrete symbol of its revival: public spaces across the city and nine parks have Ping-Pong tables that are permanent. They cost $ 6,200 to develop and install, seem a little like minimalist figurines, and have a metal mesh ridge for a net--you need to bring your paddles and balls. The tables are the brainchild of a Forest Hill Rotarian who requested a concrete organization to design and construct a prototype, and that, managed to acquire community groups, Dianne Moore and like-minded councillors onboard. Funded by different means--personal donations, development charges, infusions from the current parks and rec budget--the tables began going in last summer, and have given spaces as aesthetically unforgiving as Mel Lastman Square as well as remote as Scarborough's Tall Pines Park a dose of quirk. More are in the works, which means pock-pock-pock will be the new sound of summer.