Urban Conga Launches Pong in the Park in Lykes Gaslight Park in Downtown Tampa - Mayor Buckhorn, Urban Conga founder play first game of ping pong

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Ryan Swanson of Urban Conga will kick off 'Pong in the Park' in Lykes Gaslight Square Park in downtown Tampa on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. The mayor and Swanson will play the first game on the new, permanent ping pong table, which is meant to activate the park.

There is no cost to play, but a deposit of $10 is required. Urban Juice, located at 510 N Franklin St, will handle paddle and ball distribution until Holy Hog BBQ opens in August.

The ping pong table was funded through Awesome Tampa Bay, a local foundation that gives $1000 grants to people with awesome ideas to help the city to be a better place, and Urban Conga. The Urban Conga's goal, in working with the City of Tampa, Tampa Downtown Partnership, and local businesses, is to install additional ping pong tables as funding allows and where appropriate.

The Tampa Downtown Partnership will help maintain the ping pong table.

To view a photo of the ping pong table (not installed in the park), please visit The Urban Conga's Instagram.

About The Urban Conga

The Urban Conga is a local non-profit which provides interactive installations in underutilized spaces to promote creativity, activity, and play. It was started in Tampa by three University of South Florida graduates, Ryan Swanson, Brennen Huller, and Mark Perrett.

To find out more about The Urban Conga, please visit http://www.theurbanconga.com/.