Tennis at NYC Parks

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It’s easy to become a tennis player in New York City—you can purchase a tennis permit and reserve a court online!

Our courts are as varied as our city: some are quiet, some are very busy. Some are clay courts, and some are hard courts. Some are concessions that offer lessons or year-round play. We recommend visiting a court before you play, to understand the culture of your local tennis community and to make sure that the court is right for you.

If you purchased and received a tennis permit in 2020, you will get a new one for the 2021 season in the mail. There is no need to re-apply for your tennis permit and there will be no additional charge.

How to Play

A permit is needed to use an outdoor court from the first Saturday in April to the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Full-season permits for adults, ages 18 to 61, cost only $100 a year, and discounts are available for seniors, kids, and teens.

You can purchase a new tennis permit online, or if you have purchased a permit in the past, you can easily renew your permit.

Single-Play Permit

Don't need a full-season permit? You can purchase a single-play permit for $15. 

A single-play permit allows you to play at any tennis court in any borough for one hour.

Find a Court

Whether you’re looking for a hard court, clay court, year-round court, or something near you, you can visit our Tennis Courts page to find the court that’s right for you.

NYC Parks’ Tennis Courts

Tennis at Central Park and Prospect Park

The Central Park Tennis Center and the Prospect Park Tennis Center each have their own policies and additional amenities. Learn more about playing tennis at Central Park and Prospect Park

How to Use our Courts

City courts that are not in use are available for walk-on play, but at popular courts, you may want to reserve a court in advance. Many courts allow users to sign up on-site for same-day reservations. At a few popular courts, we allow players to make online reservations up to seven days in advance.

You can make advance reservations online for a few of our popular courts. Online reservations cost $15 per hour.

Follow the Rules

Before heading to a court, make sure that you’ve read our rules and regulations. Follow our permit rules, wear smooth-soled tennis shoes, and use a maximum of six tennis balls on each court. Most courts are open from 8:00 a.m. to dusk, except Central Park where courts open at 7:00 a.m. and Randall's Island where courts open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.

Contact Us

If you’re looking for help with your tennis permit request or to contact our tennis permit offices, please visit our Tennis Permit and Court Reservation Help page for more information.

Register your Kids for CityParks Tennis

Each year, the CityParks Foundation provides free tennis lessons to kids, ages six through 16, in more than 36 parks across New York City. Kids of all skill levels are invited to join. Learn more about CityParks Tennis

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