Thanks to the efforts of a few enthusiastic players, table tennis is now added to the long list of activities to keep you busy in Hood River. A recently formed club plays every Wednesday evening, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Hood River Armory and is inviting interested players — of any ability — to join the fun.
“We actually started a couple years ago in The Dalles,” said co-organizer Bill Nielsen. “It started with just few guys who wanted to play together, but after a while we had a pretty good group of people playing.”
With help from the Baldwin Saloon and The Dalles Civic Club, the group eventually purchased four professional tables to play on.
Nielsen said interest in The Dalles faded over the past year and many of the players who were still coming were from the Hood River area, so they decided to move the club to Hood River. Since the move interest has grown steadily, two more tables have been added to the setup and players are getting better and better.
“We have players of all levels, and everyone here is very welcoming,” Nielsen said. “Table tennis is something most people have played at one point or another in their lives. It’s a great activity for people of all ages and fitness levels, and we want to provide the opportunity for anyone who wants to come play.”
Wednesday sessions typically run a couple of hours and players can usually get as many games in as they can handle in that amount of time. The group often meets on Sundays as well, if enough people express interest that week. Paddles are available if needed, and a $5 fee per night is asked to help pay for the use of the armory.