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Wednesday, May 03, 2017


NYC Parks today announced the launch of a summertime tennis pilot program where, for the first time, tennis-lovers who purchase a permit to play on New York City public courts will be able to enjoy access to six red clay tennis courts at the Queensboro Oval tennis bubble, an indoor, air conditioned facility, for no additional fee for walk-ups. The tennis bubble’s summer season runs from Friday, June 16 through Sunday, September 10. The courts will be available to permit holders between 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., daily. Queensboro Oval is located directly underneath the Ed Koch Queensborough Bridge, on York Ave., between East 59th and East 60th streets, Manhattan.

“NYC Parks is excited to launch this summertime pilot to promote equity by expanding access to public tennis at the Queensboro Oval tennis bubble,” said Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “At no additional fee to permit holders, New Yorkers can perfect their groundstrokes and serves on six indoor clay, air conditioned courts while enjoying increased access at this site.”

"Opening this facility, sited on public land, to the tennis-playing public at large is a great thing," said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. "Especially in this neighborhood, with a shortage of public recreational options."

The pilot program is designed to increase year-round, accessible recreational opportunities at the Queensboro Oval tennis bubble, an NYC Parks managed CDOT property operated by York Avenue Tennis through a NYC Parks license agreement. The indoor, air conditioned facility features eight red clay courts.

Earlier this year, NYC Parks received hundreds of pieces of correspondence and phone calls, as well as thousands of petition signatures, from tennis enthusiasts excited about fostering tennis at this site.

At the start of this year’s tennis season, NYC Parks halved the price of an annual adult tennis permit from $200 to $100 and expanded online registration to first-time registrants, who could previously only buy permits in person. Annual permits for seniors 62 and over are only $20, and annual permits for juniors below 18 cost only $10. Single-play and reservation tickets cost $15.


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