The loss of redevelopment funds has saved two city plazas from renovation, De la Guerra and the open area outside of the Santa Barbara Central Library. With plaza re-designs scrapped, a variety of citizen-generated ideas are popping up to improve the spaces. One idea specifically for the library plaza, uncovered by the Independent, calls for an outdoor ping pong table.
“People of good will and like mind tend to congregate – specially when an opportunity like ping pong is directly in their path,” reads the website for Public Ping Pong Santa Barbara. “Results are positive, fun and spontaneous. Areas that historically may have attracted social problems can be turned around by this simple principle. Our first proposed location, the lawn at the Santa Barbara Public Library, is in need of just this sort of shift.”
The idea for an outdoor ping pong table in the Santa Barbara Central Library plaza will purportedly be presented to the library board later this month.