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Match point for Docklands

05 Feb 2015

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By Kara Bertoncini

Tennis fever is in full swing and what better way for Docklands to capitalise on this buzz than to install a public ping-pong table.

The 700 kg weatherproof table is situated on Harbour Esplanade right next to quasi pop-up Hortus café.

Places Victoria general manager Simon Wilson said he hoped the new attraction would encourage residents and workers to get out into the sunshine and encourage new visitors to the area.

“We see Harbour Esplanade and Docklands as the city’s new waterfront and hope this will encourage more people to discover what Docklands has to offer,” he said.

Hortus barista Jake Sullivan said the ping-pong table had brought many newcomers to the store and was the start of a great community initiative.

“It’s been very exciting down here. Lots of people have been getting involved. Lots of families are having a hit. It has definitely brought a few more people down to the area and kind of given them a reason to hang around,” Mr Sullivan said.

As Docklands works towards building stronger community appeal, Places Victoria hopes this new initiative will encourage more activity along the waterfront.

Avid tennis fans can serve it up between 7am and 4pm Monday to Friday and between 9am and 4pm on weekends.

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