Urban Conga Partners with Laundry Project for Ping Pong Installation


Urban Conga owner Ryan Swanson has left an indelible mark on the Tampa Bay community. His bright yellow ping pong tables can be seen in Lykes Gaslight Park and a newly created chess table is now ready for use in the heart of Ybor City.

The organization is fiercely dedicated to increasing architectural playability in the community. This fact is evidenced by their permanent installation on the Riverwalk, a technicolor musical bench sculpted into the shape of a xylophone, and their pop-up play space in Hyde Park Village, visitors were able to make music just by touching the walls.

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Architectural playability in Tampa Bay 

Recently, the Tampa-based company branched beyond Florida and shared their talents with New Orleans Lower 9th Ward. Through sight, sound and touch, Urban Conga helped bring a community together. A system of bright blue drum structures are scattered across playground to help encourage social interaction through play.

Urban Conga’s latest partnership is with Engage Current on the Laundry Project initiative. The Big Wash at College Hill is slated to get a fresh coat of paint, and a massive new mural. Complementing the mural will be Urban Conga’s signature yellow ping pong table.

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Initiative assists thousands of families across the country

The installation and mural will be unveiled on July 29 from 10am-1pm. Over the course of 8 years, Engage Current has served 11,276 families, washed 103,641 loads of laundry and completed approximately 450 projects.

The purpose of the Laundry Project is to assist low-income families with meeting the basic need of having clean clothes and linens. To turn this concept into a reality, the Florida-based not-for-profit organization Engage Current partnered with Just One.

When the group arrives in a community they turn local Laundromats into bastions of hope. They cover the cost of all laundry services while community volunteers assist with washing, drying clothes and entertaining families.

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