Awesome Tampa Bay: Ping Pong In The Park

“Ping Pong in the Park,’’ a creative placemaking project by The Urban Conga in Tampa, is the latest winner of a small grant from Awesome Tampa Bay.

“Ryan Swanson and The Urban Conga had an innovative idea to help make our public spaces more fun by adding a semi-permanent ping pong table to a park in downtown Tampa,’’ says Dean of Awesomeness Rafaela “Razi’’ Amador. 

The Urban Conga is among dozens of individuals and organizations that pitch ideas to Awesome Tampa Bay in pursuit of $1,000 grants awarded throughout the year.

“We believe in making our community the best it can be, one Awesome grant at a time,’’ says Amador.

Awesome Tampa Bay is a group of individuals who support the furthering of awesomeness in the greater community. 

This video by Trustee of Awesomeness Michael Flanagan, a St. Petersburg photographer and TV producer, tells the story of how Ping Pong in the Park came to be.

Diane Egner, publisher and managing editor of 83 Degrees, is a Founding Trustee of Awesomeness at Awesome Tampa Bay. Comments? Contact 83 Degrees.

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Diane Egner is an award-winning journalist with four decades of experience writing about the Tampa Bay region. She is a member of Leadership Florida and the Athena Society, and serves on the board of The Institute for Research in Art (Graphicstudio, the Contemporary Art Museum, and USF’s Public Art Program) Community Advisory Council and the StageWorks Theatre Advisory Council. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism, she won the top statewide award for editorial writing from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors while at The Tampa Tribune and received special recognition by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists for creative work as Content Director at WUSF Public Broadcasting. Past accomplishments and community service include leadership positions with Awesome Tampa Bay, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Alpha House of Tampa Bay, Florida Kinship Center, AIA Tampa Bay, Powerstories, and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. She lives in South Tampa, is the mother of two adult daughters and grandmother to two amazing grandchildren, and travels whenever possible with laptop in tow.